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Child Development Mediated by Trauma: The Dark Side of International Adoption
Routledge, NY, 2019 ISBN-13: 978-1138572034 ISBN-10: 1138572039

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Bringing up and educating the internationally adopted children is a formidable task. How to deal with their developmental delays, emotional vulnerability, cumulative cognitive deficit, and other challenges? This book is filled with insights, rarely found in many overly optimistic publications on international adoption. Based on clinical experience and written for professionals and parents alike, this book poses the questions and gives answers on many unavoidable issues of a traumatized child.

Drawing on clinical data obtained within the last 30 years through the study of children adopted from overseas orphanages, the author of this cutting-edge text applies the Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD) conceptual framework to the analysis of psychological, educational and mental health impact of the early childhood trauma on development. A massive scale of international adoption of children, victims of profound neglect and deprivation, combined with the fundamental change in a child's social situation of development after adoption, offers a valuable opportunity to explore the concept of the complex childhood trauma as the cause of many social/emotional and cognitive/academic issues being presented by many adoptees long after the adoption. By focusing on the neurological and psychological nature of childhood trauma, Dr. Gindis offers a practical approach to understanding the ongoing impacts of DTD and the ways in which any subsequent neuropsychological, educational, and mental health issues might be assessed.

Boris Gindis

The book is written in a reader-friendly, concise, and intelligible language with great examples from years of practice seamlessly woven into summaries of research and clinical understandings. This very readable yet highly sophisticated clinical analysis of international adoption issues is equally appealing to researchers, graduate students, adoptive parents and professionals in the field of adoption. As Dr. P. Cohen wrote in one review: "This is an incredible addition to the field and someone should be using it as a text for a graduate class in every psychology department in the country, not to mention at in-service training for therapists of all kinds working with these kids."

The book includes:


Chapter 1: Contemporary International Adoption - a Unique Social/Cultural Phenomenon
Chapter 2: Developmental Trauma Disorder and Internationally Adopted Post-Institutionalized Children
Chapter 3: Development Interceded by Trauma in Internationally Adopted Post-Institutionalized Children
Chapter 4: "Language Lost - Language Found" experience: Distinct Pattern of Language Development in Internationally Adopted Post-Institutionalized Children
Chapter 5: Cognitive Functioning of Internationally Adopted Post-Institutionalized Children
Chapter 6: Social/Emotional and Behavioral Functioning of Internationally Adopted Post-Institutionalized Children
Chapter 7: Academic performance and educational remediation of Internationally Adopted Post-Institutionalized Children


Appendix 1: Developmental Trauma Disorder Questionnaire for the Parents of Internationally Adopted Post-Institutionalized Children.
Appendix 2: Sample of referral questions and psychological tools used in bilingual screening of newly arrived Internationally Adopted Post-Institutionalized Children


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