The focus of this study is on the description of attachment patterns in adopted adolescents, taking into consideration the age when they were adopted and a comparison with the control group of non-adopted adolescents paired by age, gender, educational level and socio-economic level. Participants: 25 adolescents adopted at the age of 6. months of older through national adoption agencies and 25 non-adopted adolescents. To evaluate the patterns of attachment, a semi-structured interview was used: Friends and Family Interview (Steele & Steele, 2005). Results: Statistically significant differences were found in the attachment patterns of adopted and non-adopted adolescents. Adopted adolescents showed a more insecure attachment, a predominantly insecure-avoidant attachment. In conclusion, late adoptions are a risk factor for the development of secure attachment in adopted adolescents.
- Friends and Family Interview