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The Adopted Child

L'enfant adopté

Jean-Vital de Monléon

Collection : Progrès en pédiatrie
Publishor : DOIN
192 pages
Published in : French
Speciality : Pediatrics and Neonatology  
Format : 16 x 24 cm

Print 32.00 €
ISBN : 978-2-7040-1419-4
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Since the start of the 1980s, adoption and more particularly international adoption have become a veritable societal phenomenon. There is no paediatrician who does not treat adopted children among their young patients. However, adopted children still remain unknown. Essential facts about their health are often forgotten, such as the presence of infectious parasites, which are, however, very common. Doctors can also wonder about the necessity of performing an assessment on arrival of the child, and about what could be useful in tis assessment. Other risks which affect adopted children may be ignored, minimised or, on the contrary, exaggerated, such as, for example, early puberty, sometimes explosive, which can affect a certain number of young girls soon after their arrival. With regard to the diagnosis of psychological problems, too many practitioners respond to it based on their own imaginations with regard to filiation, rather than seeking to discovery what really happens to adopted children, adolescents and young adults.

Apart from the medical aspect, it is important to know how adoption works, as well as the place that adopted children might have in our society. While adoption remains a vast subject, still needing to be discovered, doctors and professionals of childhood will find many answers to their questions in this work.


Jean-Vital de Monléon
Children’s hospital, CHU Dijon, paediatric psychiatrist and researcher in anthropology, member of the High Council on Adoption.
Father of 5 children, 3 of whom are adopted.




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