I'm not sure if I will be able to write about this in my final blog because I doubt there will be very much research mainly due to ethical constraints but I still thought it was an interesting point.
One of my friends who works at an after school care program told me about these two new kids they had. The kids who were 5 and 8 had just been brought to Australia after both parents were killed in Burma. Their new adoptive parents had brought them over here and were beginning to introduce them into the school atmosphere that neither of them had experienced before. They havn't been entered into mainstream school yet and are currently just getting used to being away from their adoptive parents and around other kids. School staff have been briefed on how they can make the transition for these kids as easy as possible.
This just got me thinking whether or not this move would affect them more or less than an adult? On one hand they wouldn't have the same reliance on some of the cultural comforts that adults really miss. And in general kids seem to adapt to new environments pretty quickly (at least from my experience).
However being torn away in what I am presuming to be a fairly traumatic environment and then thrust into a completely different world would cause these kids to withdraw because their lives have been so unpredictable so far and they are cautious around new things and people?
I don't really have the answers to any of these questions but I will try and find some research on it if I can!