Borderline personality disorder and adoption
Does adoptees more able to have BPD ?


Connection between borderline personality and adoption. There seems to be a lack of study on the subject and sometimes appearances are misleading. Perhaps the problem is not "adoption" but "abandonment". You will find on the last part of this document our vision which we hope comprehensive and listening to the suffering
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Data, studies
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Data, studies (statistics, prevalence, comorbidity, co-occurency)
* Wilson. : Green. : Soth.
Report that many adopted adolescent patients in their hospital (10 out of 21) have received a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder

* Zucker KJ, Bradley SJ. -
1998 Can J Psychiatry - Adoptee overrepresentation among clinic-referred boys with gender identity disorder.
The percentage of boys with gender identity problems who were early adoptees (7.6%) was significantly higher than the base rate of males adopted in Ontario in the first 2 years of life (1.5%)
Please read the page gender identity disorder and bpd

* Slap G, Goodman E, Huang B. - Div of Adolescent Medicine, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
2001 Pediatrics 2001 - Adoption as a risk factor for attempted suicide during adolescence.
Adoptees differed significantly from nonadoptees on 4 of 26 variables. They were more likely to have attempted suicide (7.6% vs 3.1%) and to have received psychological or emotional counseling in the past year (16.9% vs 8.2%), and their mothers reported higher parental education and family income.

* Hjern A, Lindblad F, Vinnerljung B. - Centre for Epidemiology, Stockholm, Sweden
2OO2 Lancet - Suicide, psychiatric illness, and social maladjustment in intercountry adoptees in Sweden: a cohort study.
Adoptees in Sweden have a high risk for severe mental health problems and social maladjustment in adolescence and young adulthood. We advise professionals to give appropriate consideration to the high risk of suicide in patients who are intercountry adoptees

* Cubito DS, Brandon KO.- Department of Psychology, University of South Florida, Tampa
2OO2 Am J Orthopsychiatry - Psychological adjustment in adult adoptees: assessment of distress, depression, and anger.
Analyses were conducted by gender; by search status, i.e., those who had never searched, those who were searching, and those who had made contact with their biological parents; and by history of mental health service utilization. Compared to normative data, the sample reported significantly higher levels of psychological maladjustment; only women adoptees scored higher on a scale measuring anger. Overall, adoptees' scores were elevated but did not approach levels typical of outpatient populations

* Warren SB. - University of Cicago, IL.
1992 J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry - Lower threshold for referral for psychiatric treatment for adopted adolescents.
Epidemiological data on a national sample of 3,698 adolescents, of whom 145 were adopted, indicate that adoption significantly increases the likelihood of referral for psychiatric treatment even after controlling for the fact that adoptees display more behavior problems and come from more educated families. This is accounted for by the fact that adoptees are significantly more likely to be referred when they display few problems. Thus, contrary to popular myth and clinical lore, the overrepresentation of young adoptees in clinical settings is not attributable solely to the fact that adoptees are more troubled

Please read other data

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All the informations on this site are with an aim of helping to understand a "particular" disease at the very least and puzzle
But more especially to support peoples who suffer, sick or not.  In all cases, it is ESSENTIAL to have recourse to a therapist specialized in the disease to confirm or to cancel a diagnosis
Though it is the name doesn't much matter, which is important, it is to apply "the right" treatment to each patient

last update 2019