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Suicidal Thoughts in Adopted Versus Non-Adopted Youth: A Longitudinal Analysis in Adolescence, Early Young Adulthood, and Young Adulthood

Trudy Festinger and James Jaccard
Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research
Vol. 3, No. 4 (November 2012), pp. 280-295
DOI: 10.5243/jsswr.2012.17
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5243/jsswr.2012.17
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Abstract

Data from 3 waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, a nationally representative database, are used to test complex models addressing the developmental links between child adoption or non-adoption and suicidal ideation across adolescence, early young adulthood, and young adulthood. Diverse developmental dynamics are tested, while controlling for a variety of potential demographic confounds. Models are tested comparing kin and non-kin adopted youth to non-adopted youth, as well as the estimated effects of earlier versus later age at adoption to non-adoption. The models suggest modest differences in suicidal ideation during adolescence, early young adulthood, and young adulthood as a function of being adopted versus not-adopted and being adopted at age 4 years or later versus non-adoption.

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