Language and Memory Abilities of Internationally Adopted Children from China: Evidence for Early Age Effects

Language and Memory Abilities of Internationally Adopted Children from China: Evidence for Early Age Effects

Language and Memory Abilities of Internationally Adopted Children from China: Evidence for Early Age Effects

Language and Memory Abilities of Internationally Adopted Children from China: Evidence for Early Age Effectss

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Référence bibliographique [17854]

Delcenserie, Audrey et Genesee, Fred. 2014. «Language and Memory Abilities of Internationally Adopted Children from China: Evidence for Early Age Effects ». Journal of Child Language, vol. 41, no 6, p. 1195-1223.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«The primary goal of the present study was to examine the language development of school-age internationally adopted (IA) children from China during the early school years […].» (p. 1)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
L’échantillon est composé de 27 enfants nés en Chine et adoptés par des parents installés au Québec.

Instruments :
Questionnaire

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

3. Résumé


Results show that «in terms of general health, the adoptive parents reported more health problems than did the parents of the nonadopted children. However, most of these problems were accounted for by vision difficulties, which were in no case severe. Moreover, although adoptive parents reported more socioemotional and behavioral difficulties than control parents on the Developmental Questionnaire, no significant differences were found between IA and CTL [control] children on the CBCL [Child Behavior Checklist] and CBCL-TRF [Teacher Report Form], two standardized measures. Results from the Wechsler Non-Verbal IQ [intelligence quotient] test indicated that the IA children did not differ from the controls with respect to nonverbal cognitive abilities and, in particular, visuospatial memory, a result we return to later. Overall, these results indicate that the general physical, socioemotional and cognitive development of the IA children was comparable to that of matched nonadopted peers, indicating both their resilience in overcoming possible preadoptive deprivations and remarkable progress in general development since adoption.» (p. 20-21)