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Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1990 Oct;60(4):594-602.

Children from disrupted and adoptive homes on an inpatient unit.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Kentucky Medical Center.


Among 375 children and adolescents admitted to a psychiatric hospital inpatient unit, the proportion of adopted children was considerably higher than that of a general pediatric population or of census figures, and the majority of nonadoptees were from disrupted homes. Based on a review of case records, adoption and family disruptions appear to increase significantly the length of hospitalization and to shift diagnoses toward behavioral disturbances. Implications for prevention and treatment are considered.

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