Child Abuse and Neglect: Effects on child development, brain development, and interpersonal relationships
This article describes the effects of chronic maltreatment, such as can occur in an orphanage, on a child's psychological development, brain development, and later relationships. There are clear links between maltreatment and later psychological, emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal disorders. The basis for this linkage is the impact that maltreatment has on brain development. Daniel Siegel, medical director of the Infant and Preschool Service at the University of California, L.A., has found important links between interpersonal experiences and neurobiological development
Peer Pressure and Teens
Peer pressure is one thing that all teens have in common. You can't escape it. It is everywhere. Whether it is pressure to conform to a group norm or pressure to act, peer pressure is something everybody has to deal with at some time in his or her life.
Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW
Can a child choose which parent to live with?
Children sometimes have their own view on living with a parent, but at what point does their view begin to carry weight...
Boris Gindis, Ph.D.
Know Your Rights: Disability Manifestation Determination for Your Child
The new article of Dr. Boris Gindis spells out what and why should be done by the parents of internationally adopted children in regards to their child’s behavior issues at school. The author explains the importance of being well informed about the current laws (IDEA 2004) and the benefits of having a professional on your side when resolving contentious situations related to behavior of your child at school.
George Rogu M.D.
We have been referred a 5th child that we just found out has HbH disease ( a kind of Thalassemia intermediate). The orphanage in Taiwan says that the parents are denying being carriers and are being genetically tested and that the other 3 children of the birthparents do not have the condition. Is this a life threatening ailment or a chronic medical condition that may be medically managed?