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Feral children

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´╗┐Courtney Knowles: AS Sociology Feral children A feral child is a child who has grown up with none or if any, very little contact with humans. This would mean that the child has not been socialised to learn the norms and values of a human society. Feral children are usually the product of neglect , abandonment , isolation and in some cases even abuse . In some cases the children in concern have been raised by animals (dogs in particular). Because of this upbringing the child adapts the behaviour of an animal. An example of this is Oxana. Oxana spend a large amount of her childhood surrounded by dogs, during the time Oxana spent with the dogs she began to develop characteristics which were more like the dogs rather than a human. Instead of walking on two feet like a human would, Oxana crawled on her hands and knees .Because Oxana had very little human contact she hadn?t learnt language so she communicated in barks and growls . ...read more.

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Genie had very little opportunity to overhear conversations so she never learnt language and if genie made any noise she was beaten .At the age of 13, genie was discovered she could barely walk and was the size of a seven year old . Although a large number of feral children have missed out on the critical early stages of learning ,they may make progress from their past state. Genie began to walk unsteadily , became toilet trained and spoke single words after seven months . After 12 months Genie made further progress and began putting three words together , however she never learnt to speak in sentences or ask questions like other children . Genie made very little progress after this. Victor ?the wild boy of Aveyron? also had shown intellect , emotional growth and learnt how to dress himself, use the toilet and also some words but like genie made very little progress after this. ...read more.

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or nurture ( the explanation that behaviour is learnt) . They are also important as they help develop theories on the evolution of language and helping breakthroughs for research concerning those with learning disabilities.Sociologists may also believe these cases to be important as they can see the impact which lack of socialisation has on the child?s brain development . Feral children have given evidence that the brain cannot develop fully without the child being socialised properly , this is shown through brain scans comparing a normal child?s brain to a severely neglected or feral child?s brain .The neglected child's brain can be up to 30 % smaller than average. With all this said , it is clear to say that feral children are extreme cases of neglect , isolation and lack of socialisation. In order for a child to develop physically, emotionally and mentally , they need to be nurtured and cared for by some form of human parental figures . without it the child will not develop empathy , language and many other characteristics which so many of use take for granted. ...read more.

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