We examined the mental health problems of Dutch young adult domestic adoptees (N = 75) relative to Dutch non-adopted peers and Dutch international adoptees. We found small differences in favor of the non-adopted peers (N = 2021), while a minority of male domestic adoptees were at risk of anxiety/depression problems. Domestic adoptees showed somewhat less problems behavior than international adoptees (N = 1331). Domestic and international adoptees differed in search status (non-searcher, searcher, reunited), although this could not explain any differences in mental health problems. Social workers and clinicians should support (male) adult adoptees in coping with possible feelings of anxiety and depression. Future studies should pay attention to gender differences in adoptees.

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Keywords Domestic adoption, Dutch, international adoption, mental health, problem behavior, young adults
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1177/0020872816651699, hdl.handle.net/1765/101744
Journal International Social Work
Citation
Dekker, M.C, Tieman, W, Vinke, A.G. (Anneke G), van der Ende, J, Verhulst, F.C, & Juffer, F. (2017). Mental health problems of Dutch young adult domestic adoptees compared to non-adopted peers and international adoptees. International Social Work, 60(5), 1201–1217. doi:10.1177/0020872816651699