So, you are concerned about what is bothering your adopted child, and are trying to figure out what’s wrong with her. The best way to tackle the problem is to delve deeper into your adopted child’s psychology. Here, we talk about common psychological problems with adopted children that can hamper their health, well-being, and progress.
Adoption is a legal process involving lots of emotions for your family members, yourself, and your adopted child. Often, adoption highlights behavioral problems in children, and creates challenges in caring for your child.
Prominent Psychological Problems With Adopted Child
Adoption often negatively affects the attitude and behavior of adopted kids, so learning about psychological issues with adopted children is critical. Psychological and behavioral issues may include:
1. Feelings of Rejection
If your child was adopted at an early age and does not remember the adoption, they may experience a wide variety of emotions, including rejection upon learning about the adoption. Your child may think that their biological family did not like or want them or did not love them. The feeling of being unwanted or abandoned may affect your adopted child’s psychological health and development negatively. Feelings of rejection or abandonment may affect the behavior of your child adversely, so finding ways to make your child feel that they are an important part of your family are imperative (1).
2. Loss and Grief
Unexpressed feelings of loss and grief due to perceived abandonment may contribute to behavioral problems in your adopted child. A myriad of emotions may include not only grief and loss, but also shame, disappointment, confusion, and curiosity. It is natural for your child to have questions about their biological parents. Also, if they are old enough to remember, your adopted child may grieve the loss of their biological siblings, grandparents, as well as friends, and other familiar environments (2).
3. Identity Queries
Your adopted child may suffer from issues related to self-identification on learning about their adoption. Identity development can be more complicated in adopted kids. They will likely have many questions about their biological parents, where they lived, who they resemble, why their biological parents gave them up for adoption, and such. Your child may also ask you about their biological family traditions and heritage (3).
The sense of self-esteem of your adopted child relates to her sense of belonging, identity, value and dignity. Several studies reveal that adopted kids score lower on self-esteem than their non-adopted counterparts (4).
5. Genetic Problems
Often, an adopted child doesn’t have access to their biological or genetic family health information. If your adopted child has a genetic history of any ailment or disorder, then your they may not have appropriate knowledge of it. Lack of genetic health history may affect learning the right line of treatment (5).
If your adopted child suffers from negative behavioral problems, it is important to identify and approach the behavior thoughtfully and seek a solution with love. Offer opportunities for your adopted child to feel included in the family. Loving and caring for your adopted child will help you tackle their behavioral problems effectively and promote their overall well-being significantly.