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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/154377
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Healthcare Experiences of International Adoption Families
Abstract:
Healthcare Experiences of International Adoption Families
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2006
Author:Smit, Eileen M., MSN, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Northern Michigan University
Title:Professor
Purpose: The purpose of the study was to describe the health care experiences of families who adopted a child born in another country. Design and Sample: A descriptive exploratory study with a convenience sample of 107 parents of internationally adopted children was used. Methodology: Parents recruited through international adoption listservs completed an online survey about their health care experiences when seeking care for their adopted child. Data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Findings: The majority of adoptive parents thought their child?s birth in another country and international adoption had an impact on their child?s subsequent need for health care services. The child?s arrival in the United States was accompanied by repeated immunizations and diagnostic tests for diseases prevalent in the child?s birth country. The frequent unavailability of a family medical history for their child heightened the adoptive parents? anxiety about potential health care problems. Some parents were more cautious about symptoms they observed in their adopted child and were more likely to seek health care when their child was ill. Adoption had ongoing social and psychological implications for the child and family. Some parents felt that, due to time constraints, health care providers did not explore the possible relationship of the child?s presenting problem to his/her life in an orphanage and the significant changes experienced by the entire family following the child?s adoption. First time parents and parents adopting an older child especially wanted information about parenting and attachment issues as well as medical treatment of their child. Parents believed it was important for health care providers to be knowledgeable about international adoption and the unique emotional and diagnostic needs of their children. Conclusions: International adoption families have unique health care needs that can be met by knowledgeable and sensitive health care providers.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleHealthcare Experiences of International Adoption Familiesen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/154377-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Healthcare Experiences of International Adoption Families</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2006</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Smit, Eileen M., MSN, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Northern Michigan University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">esmit@nmu.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Purpose: The purpose of the study was to describe the health care experiences of families who adopted a child born in another country. Design and Sample: A descriptive exploratory study with a convenience sample of 107 parents of internationally adopted children was used. Methodology: Parents recruited through international adoption listservs completed an online survey about their health care experiences when seeking care for their adopted child. Data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Findings: The majority of adoptive parents thought their child?s birth in another country and international adoption had an impact on their child?s subsequent need for health care services. The child?s arrival in the United States was accompanied by repeated immunizations and diagnostic tests for diseases prevalent in the child?s birth country. The frequent unavailability of a family medical history for their child heightened the adoptive parents? anxiety about potential health care problems. Some parents were more cautious about symptoms they observed in their adopted child and were more likely to seek health care when their child was ill. Adoption had ongoing social and psychological implications for the child and family. Some parents felt that, due to time constraints, health care providers did not explore the possible relationship of the child?s presenting problem to his/her life in an orphanage and the significant changes experienced by the entire family following the child?s adoption. First time parents and parents adopting an older child especially wanted information about parenting and attachment issues as well as medical treatment of their child. Parents believed it was important for health care providers to be knowledgeable about international adoption and the unique emotional and diagnostic needs of their children. Conclusions: International adoption families have unique health care needs that can be met by knowledgeable and sensitive health care providers.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T12:57:06Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T12:57:06Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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