Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

Sensory processing in internationally adopted, post-institutionalized children

Buy Article:

$59.00 + tax (Refund Policy)


Sensory processing capacities of 8–12-year-old internationally adopted (IA) children who experienced prolonged institutional care (> 12 months with 75% of pre-adoption lives in institutional care) prior to adoption into family environments (PI) were compared to a group of IA children who were adopted early (< 8 months) predominantly from foster care with little or no institutional experience (EA/FC) and another group of non-adopted (NA) children raised by their birth parents in the United States. All children had estimated IQs within the normal range and did not evidence major neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., cerebral palsy, fetal alcohol syndrome, Down’s syndrome). Sensory processing was evaluated with a commonly used parent-report measure and a laboratory assessment. Results: 

Children who had experienced prolonged institutionalization showed higher levels of reactivity to sensation and displayed both more aversion and approach to sensory stimuli than the other groups. The comparison groups (EA/FC & NA) did not differ on any of the sensory processing measures. Conclusions: 

These results suggest that early institutional rearing which typically involves both sensory and social deprivation is associated with problems in sensory modulation capacities.
No References
No Citations
No Supplementary Data
No Article Media
No Metrics

Keywords: Institutional care; early deprivation; international adoption; sensory processing

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; USA 2: Institute for Child Development, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, USA 3: Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Publication date: October 1, 2010

  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more