Child Development 145 (01; 66-69) - Hembree
Controversial Issues in Child Development
Spring, 2012 



Note: Reponses to these questions should be word processed, not handwritten. Discussion assignments must be turned during the class that the issue is discussed. No late assignments will be accepted. Partial credit may be assigned for attendance at discussion sessions without completion of the discussion assignment.

Use the readings on family diversity to respond to the following guiding and reflection questions.

1) Briefly describe 3 important legal issues related to Lesbian and Gay parents and their children  (Patterson, 2009).

2) What does the empirical research suggest with respect to children's adjustment in Lesbian and Gay families? What role can or should social science play in the discussion of the legal issues around these children?

3) According to Lansford (2009), what are some of the empirically documented adjustment consequences for children experiencing parental divorce?

4) According to Lansford, what are some factors (moderators) that lessen or heighten the effects of divorce? What are some factors (mediators) than explain the effects of divorce?

5) According to Brodzinsky (2011), there are documented differences found in comparisons of adopted vs. non-adopted children, however, he states that it is not due to adopted status per se. To what CAN these the differences be attributed?

6) Brodzinsky summarizes some of the developmental changes in children's understanding of adoption. Summarize these changes and explain how it might influence parents discussing adoption with their children.

7) According to the research conducted by Amato & Fowler (2002), what core common parenting practices are associated with positive outcomes for children? Of what significance is the finding that these practices do not interact with factors like race, ethnicity, education, income, gender, or family structure?

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California State University, Sacramento
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Department of Child Development

Updated: January, 2012

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