The first year after adoption constitutes a sensitive period for both strengthening the new emotional bond in the family and checking its appropriate development by adoption services. A key variable for childrenâs catch-up are adoptive parentsâ socioemotional and individual features. The aim of this study is to investigate links between adoptive mothersâ individual features and behavioral problems in their children in the first year after adoption placement, by testing the moderating role of both age at adoption and maternal genetic polymorphisms. Seventy-eight adoptive mothers completed temperament and genetic measures. Mothers showed a specific pattern of interaction between basic temperament traits and genetic markers in their assessment of childrenâs behavioral problems; dopamine D4 receptor gene and childrenâs age at adoption are two moderators in the association in which mothersâ temperament was affecting the evaluation of their childrenâs behavioral problems. Findings highlight a still undervalued area of parenting resources in the process of post-institutionalized childrenâs catch-up after adoption placement, by showing how individual features count in the commonly measured variable of childrenâs behavioral and emotional problems. This could help in orienting identification and choice of key variables for family assessment after adoption placement, thus contributing in fostering childrenâs healthy development.
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|Titolo:||Examining the impact of maternal individual features on childrenâs behavioral problems in adoptive families: The role of maternal temperament and neurobiological markers|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|