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Suicide, psychiatric illness, and social maladjustment in intercountry adoptees in Sweden: a cohort study.

BACKGROUND:

Many intercountry adoptees are reaching adolescence in western Europe and the USA, and the mental health and social adjustment of these individuals as adolescents and young adults has now become an important issue. We aimed to assess mental health disorders and social maladjustment in adolescence and young adulthood in intercountry adoptees in Sweden.

METHOD:

Our data was obtained from the Swedish national registers for the cohort born in 1970-79. We used multivariate Cox’s regression models of person-years to compare indicators of suicide death (1986-95), court sentences (1986-93), and discharges for psychiatric illness, suicide attempts, and substance abuse (1987-94) in 11,320 intercountry adoptees with 2343 Swedish-born siblings, 4006 immigrant children, and a general population of 853 419 Swedish-born residents.

 

Suicide, psychiatric illness, and social maladjustment in intercountry adoptees in Sweden: a cohort study.

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