Children Do Equally When Adopted By Gay Or Heterosexual Parents

Filed under: Emotional Development - 25 Oct 2012  | Spread the word !

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A new study has revealed that there are no differences between high-risk children adopted by heterosexual or gay parents. This means that high-risk children who have been adopted from foster home by gay parents have a similar cognitive and emotional development to the one of those adopted by heterosexual parents.

The results of this study show that gay parents have no negative influence on the emotional development of their children. The study, authored by Justin Lavner, was published in the October issue of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. Actually, this is the first study which compares children from foster care, adopted by gay, lesbian and heterosexual couples.


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This UCLA study traced the kids progress over time. No less than 82 children from Los Angeles County have participated at the study. About 22 of them were adopted by gay parents at the age of 4. Children were evaluated on a period of about 2 months, one year and two years, naturally, after being adopted.

The same study showed that all adopted children, regardless of the family with whom they were placed registered progress. Children showed major gains in cognitive development, maintaining similar levels of behavior problems throughout the years.


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Researchers claimed that at the time of adoption children had numerous problems, including prenatal substance exposure, abuse and neglect. Kids adopted by gay and lesbian parents experienced even more challenges. These high risk factors were found by researchers in birth records, court reports and family services reports. However, all children ended up in the same place, which is quite impressive.

This study shows that gay and lesbian parents are able to provide nurturing homes for children with high risk, such as any other heterosexual parents. “There is no scientific basis to discriminate against gay and lesbian parents,” a lead researcher said according to Instinct Magazine. After all “children adopted from foster care by gay parents fare equally in their cognitive and emotional development as those adopted by heterosexual parents.”


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Currently, there are no less than 104,000 foster children in the United States. The results of this study may be great news for high risk kids which currently are up for adoption.

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Pacifier Use May Damage Emotional Development

Filed under: Emotional Development - 02 Oct 2012  | Spread the word !

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A new study has revealed that pacifiers use can damage the emotional development of baby boys. The study showed that pacifiers stop babies from experiencing with facial expression, which potentially has important negative consequences on their normal development.

The study was performed by specialists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This is the first study made on the influence that pacifiers use has on infants. The results are quite shocking as the study actually shows that pacifiers damage the emotional development of babies.


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The study focused on a group of people of collage age. The group was first divided into men who used pacifiers when being infants and men who did use them. The first group scored much lower on common emotional intelligence tests than the second group. The same study indicated that if men who used pacifiers scored lower, girls were not affected at all by pacifiers use.

According to researchers, babies learn to express their own emotions through body language. In fact, they use facial expressions and movements to be able to learn how to express such emotions. A pacifier will play a negative role on this matter, as it will stop the infant from learning.


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“We can talk to infants, but at least initially they aren’t going to understand what the words mean. So the way we communicate with infants at first is by using the tone of our voice and our facial expressions,” one of the authors of this study, Paula Niedenthal, said according to Medical News Today. The researcher also added that parents usually take the results of such tests very personally. “Now these are suggestive results and they should be taken seriously,” Niedenthal concluded.

Is pacifier use a bag thing?

According to Niedenthal, pacifier use, despite the results of this study, is not a bad thing. “Probably not all pacifiers use is bad at all times, so how much is bad and when? We already know from this work that nighttime pacifier use doesn’t make a difference,” the specialist explained.


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Parents should only be aware to not inhibit any of the body’s emotional representational system. Facial expressions are important for babies, who have not learned to speak yet. A pacifier can limit the baby’s ability to explore emotions, this is why parents should be very careful. Actually, parents should be attentive at anything that may affect the baby’s emotional development.

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