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It could be argued that the effects of privation are reversible if good quality care is given?

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´╗┐Moshorof Ali It could be argued that the effects of privation are reversible if good quality care is given? Privation is when a child is never able to form attachments and bonds; it can have extreme negative effects on all areas of development both physical and mental. The case of Genie would argue that the effects of privation is not reversible, a case of a girl kept isolated in her room until the age of thirteen with her only contact with humans being beatings whenever she would make noise. When she was found Genie had no grasp of language and walked with a stoop. ...read more.

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However, when she was eventually taken into the care of a foster family Genie was abused and beaten for vomiting which resulted in regression to a former level of vocabulary and socialisation, rarely speaking. This case study would suggest problems with the development of severe privation, however it could be said that the age at which she was rehabilitated was also a major cause of her poor progress. There is also evidence that she was progressing until she was abused again which would suggest that it was the abuse and not the privation which caused her lack of development, also it was said that she could have been retarded at birth. ...read more.

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Both are reported to have gone on to study electronics and are now married with stable relationships with their families. They developed exponentially better when rehabilitated. Many theories have been suggested for why this may be, form the fact that both boys were together for the duration of their isolation and so were able to form bonds so they may not have been privation. There is a significant difference in age when discovered and time spent in isolation between the studies which could have an effect on whether someone could be rehabilitated with just good quality care. ...read more.

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