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Cleft Lip and/or Palate: Psychosocial Impact on Children and Their Families
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Cleft Lip And / Or Palate: Psychosocial Impact On Children And Their Families Childhood serves as an important developmental stage for a human being especially in context of socialization. Children left out of the socialization process or children who perceive socialization as negative may grow up to become troubled adults.
A study by Lynne Murray (2010) researched the effects of cleft lip on the socio-emotional functioning of school going children. A control group was compared to children with cleft lip (with or without cleft palates) at infancy and then at seven years of age. The study used three measures to distinguish socio-emotional behavior based on reports by teachers and mothers, observation of social interaction as well as the children’s social representations that were assessed through doll play. Compensation was introduced for infant attachment as well as current parenting methods. The results from this study indicated that children who had clefts were more at risk of social problems, anxious and withdrawn depressed behavior. The research also dug up evidence to substantiate that children with cleft lips had difficulty in their social relationships. Communication difficulties faced by children with cleft lip and cleft palate are responsible in large part for difficulties in social relationships. The problems faced by these children exacerbate when current parenting is weak and unsupportive. Based on the study it can be concluded that children with cleft lip and cleft palate are at greater risk of socio-emotional difficulties. ...
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