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Observations on Adopted Children

MARSHALL D. SCHECHTER, M.D.
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1960;3(1):21-32. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1960.01710010023005.
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During the years 1948 through 1953, some 120 children were seen in private practice. Of this number, 16 were adopted. In checking how this number compared with the numbers of adopted children in the general population, we find that approximately 0.134% of children under 21 years of age have petitions filed for adoption. This number includes not only those placed by public agencies or through independent adoptions but also petitions filed by relatives in whose home the children have lived or by stepparents coming into the home through the marriage of the child's natural parent.1 In my series of cases the percentage of adoptive children seen equals 13.3, as compared with the national average of 0.134 (statistics compiled for 29 states1). This indicates a hundredfold increase of patients in this category as seen in my practice, compared with what could be expected in the general population.2

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