Romanian orphan studies - effects of institutionalisation

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Who did a key study on this?
Rutter and Songua-Barke, 2010
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Procedure
165 Romanian orphans. Physical, cognitive and social development tested at regular intervals throughout life
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Findings
Age 11 children that were adopted before 6 minths showed a good recovery , whereas older adoptions showed dis-inhibited attachments
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Other studies of Romanian orphans
Canadian- Romanian orphans physically smaller at adoption but then recovered by the age of 10.
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Effects of Institutionalisation
Physical Underdevelopement, Intellectual underfunctional, Dis-inhibited attachment,
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Physical Underdevelopement
Physically small, lack of emotional care, not poor nourishment, it was because deprivation. Can lead to dwarfism
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Intellectual underfunctional
Cognitive development is also affected by emotional deprivation
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Dis-inhibited attachment
Form of insecure attachment where children do not discriminate between people they choose as attachment figures
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Poor parenting
Monkeys raised with surrogate went on to be poor parents,
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EVALUATION: Individual differences
Some children appear to recover despite no apparent attachments within the sensitive period
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