Goldfarb's study of children in institutions (1955)

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What was the procedure for this study?
15 children who were in institutions up to the age of 3 compared with a group of children who had been fostered around 6 months of age. Goldfarb wanted to see if fostering later was successful.
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What were the results of this study?
Children who were fostered later had more adolescent problems, were less emotionally secure, less intelligent and less mature than the other group
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What was the conclusion of this study?
Babies should not be put into institutions because early deprivation can lead to problems later on in life
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What were the strengths of this study? (2)
Ecologically valid because it studied real children in a real situation. Goldfarb used a control group to measure his group against, giving the experiment validity.
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What were the weaknesses of this study? (2)
The early fostered children may have all had similar traits that resulted in them being fostered early, this would leave a biased sample of children who would be used in the fostered later group. The independent variable is hard to operationalise.
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