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


Discussion #7

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 child abuse and the legal system to respond to the following guiding and reflection questions.

1) Briefly describe the Bugental et al. study: (a) What is their rationale for including a cognitive component in their prevention program? and (b) Describe the three treatment conditions.

2) Summarize the key results of the study in terms of harsh parenting and child health. How do the authors explain the relationship between the cognitive component and harsh parenting? Which group of children benefitted the most from the treatment? What are the policy implications of these results?

3) What are some of the differences (at least two) between professionals' ideas about children's testimony and the research findings that are identified by Goodman?

4) According to Goodman, what does the research say about children's memory, accuracy, retrieval, and suggestibility as eyewitnesses? What recommendations does she make about the effective use of children as witnesses?

5) Summarize Zeanah's argument for the need to consider development in foster care for young children. What recommendations are made for establishing child-centered foster care for young children?

6) Describe three challenges faced by children aging out of foster care? Name some research-based recommendations (2 for federal, 2 for state) for supporting these children.

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California State University, Sacramento
College of Education
Department of Child Development

Updated: January, 2012

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