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Privation studies
AS psychology, unit 1- developmental…read more

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Curtis- Genie case study
What happened to her?
· Tied to a potty chair from the age of 3
· Beaten for making noise
· Isolated- no real human contact
· Lasted for 10 years
· Couldn't understand language
· Developed strange `bunny walk'
· Didn't make close connections to others
· Couldn't learn language…read more

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Curtis- Genie case study
· Explored objects with touch
· Couldn't express emotions
· Spat and clawed at objects (animal like behaviour)
· Confounding variable- effects may not be down to
privation- she may have been mentally retarded and
brain damaged from birth which was supported by
abnormal sleep spindles
· Case study- different people will react to pivation in
different ways. Can't generalise her results to other
cases as they may make a recovery. All case studies
lack population validity due to small sample size…read more

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Koluchova- Czech twins case study
· Identical twin boys who were locked in a cellar from
the age of 2 for 5 years by their step mother, who
beat them if they made noise.
· When discovered they had stunted growth, lacked
speech, suffered from rickets and failed to
understand pictures. It was predicted they would
suffer physical and mental handicap in later life
· However, they recovered, gained good education and
jobs and married. This was because they were
privated for less time, got correct support and wern't
mentally retarded…read more

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Koluchova- Czech twins case study
· Case study so we can't generalise results that twins
recovered to other cases due to individual
· Case study also has low population validity due to
small sample size…read more

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Hodges and Tizard
Studied 3 groups of children:
· In orphanage then adopted- suffered privation for
2 years whilst in orphanage but then became attached
to foster parents and generally recovered from
· In orphanage then restored- returned to natural
parents, had little friends, argued with parents and
became bullies
· Never in orphanage- more emotionally and socially
stable and less likely to be seen as quarrelsome…read more

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