Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department or School


Committee Member

Jin Bo, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jamie Lawler, Ph.D., L.P.

Committee Member

Stephen Jefferson, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Elisa A. Esposito, Ph.D.


Internationally adopted (IA) children often have attention deficits related to the unique experience they have with early-life stress. The current study focused on how elements of the care experienced by IA children related to attention deficits. Specifically, this study assessed how length of care and type of care related to attention. The study assessed attention using parent report questionnaires, the Colors Flanker Task, and event-related potentials (e.g., Error related negativity, N2). A post-hoc analysis of a pre-existing data set included 96 IA children ages 5-10. The main finding indicated that children cared for in foster care over time were rated by parents as less impulsive and had lower parent ratings of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder than children cared for in institutional facilities. These results support the idea that foster care placement in earlier childhood may be a helpful intervention for attention problems in IA children.

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