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· Effects of institutionalization on children's developing brains, cognitive abilities, and socioemotional functioning
· Challenges of navigating issues of identity when adopting across national, cultural, and racial lines
· Strong emotional bonds that form even without genetic relatedness
· How adoptive families can address the special needs of children who experienced early neglect and deprivation, thereby providing a supportive environment in which to flourish
· Features the author's first-hand accounts of her own adoption journey as she visited a Kazakhstani orphanage daily for nearly a year, and illustrates the complexities and implications of the research evidence
Rebecca J. Compton is professor of psychology at Haverford College, where she has taught since 1999. She received her BA from Vassar College and her PhD in biological psychology from University of Chicago. Her previous research focused on executive function, attention, and emotion regulation in the human brain, and she has co-authored Cognitive Neuroscience, 4th Edition (2018).
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