Thinking critically about child development : examining myths, and misunderstandings /

Thinking critically about child development : examining myths, and misunderstandings /
Mercer, Jean.
MCPHS Boston
Introduction -- Critical thinking -- Fallacies to watch for when studying child development -- Claims about child development -- Mistake claims -- "Seductive ideas" -- Understanding basic facts -- Variations on the developmental theme -- Examining the evidence : recognizing that a belief may be mistaken -- Sources of information : safe or sorry? -- pt. I. Genetics and prenatal life -- 1. Genetic factors play such a strong role in human development that genes alone can determine certain human behavioral characteristics -- 2. Although prematurely born babies are smaller than most and my need special medical care, the babies and their parents instinctively know how to interact with each other -- 3. If a child's problem is genetically caused, the problem will be present at birth and will stay the same throughout life -- 4. Unborn babies are not influenced much by the environment outside the mother's body -- 5. As the d ate when her child will be born gets closer, a mother-to-be needs to be more careful about alcohol and drugs because the risk of birth defects increases throughout pregnancy -- 6. Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) offer reliable ways for couples to have healthy children in spite of fertility problems -- 7. Genetic relationships are a powerful factor in social and emotional interactions, so people recognize and are attracted to blood relatives even if they have never met them before -- 8. Babies work hard to be born -- 9. When a baby has genetic problems, there are no pre- or postnatal methods for treatment -- 10. Except for their reproductive organs, there are no differences between boy and girl babies before or soon after birth : gender differences occur as a result of different experiences for boys and girls -- pt. II. Infants and toddlers -- 11. Parents need to have contact with their babies right after birth so that they can bond with them -- 12. Babies are born with emotional attachments to their mothers and can recognize their mothers at once -- 13. When mothers of young babies are depressed, the problem is caused by the changes in hormones they experience after the birth -- 14. It's been proved that it's always better for parentless children to be placed in foster care rather than in orphanages or other institutions -- 15. A baby's sleeping position can cause or prevent sudden infant death syndrome -- 16. Parents should talk baby talk to their children because it slows their language development -- 17. Being exposed to two different languages is confusing for babies and interferes with normal language development -- 18. It's a problem, and possible means autism, if babies don't make eye contact in the first few weeks of life -- 19. It's harmful to preschoolers' psychological development if they make overnight visits to estranged parents -- 20. Toddlers drop food on the floor because they want to make their parents angry -- 21. It is important for parents to work with babies and teach them how to walk -- 22. It is a good thing for an infant or a toddler to have experience with many caregivers, not just one or two -- 23. Screen devices provide excellent resources for encouraging infants' and toddlers' mental development -- 24. People who were abused as children are likely to abuse their own children.

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