Steven L Nickman

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OBJECTIVE To summarize the past 10 years of published research concerning the 2% of American children younger than 18 years old who are adoptees. METHOD Review recent literature on developmental influences, placement outcome, psychopathology, and treatment. RESULTS Adoption carries developmental opportunities and risks. Many adoptees have remarkably(More)
OBJECTIVE To inform child and adolescent psychiatrists about the almost 500,000 children now residing in the American foster care system. This overview surveys the pediatric, developmental, and psychiatric needs of these children. METHOD Child and adolescent psychiatrists, pediatricians, a child welfare researcher, a social worker, and a psychologist(More)
During the year following a parent's death, children in a community-based sample were found to have developed an inner construction of the dead parent. This continued, though altered, relationship appeared to facilitate their coping with the loss and with accompanying changes in their lives. Implications for understanding the bereavement process and for(More)
Constructing a connection to the deceased is helpful to children in adjusting to the death of a parent. Using interview data from a subset of a larger study of childhood bereavement, this paper describes ways in which parents help children, ages 10-12, build this connection, provides case examples contrasting parental attitudes and behavior that are helpful(More)
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