An overview of some aspects of child psychology

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In 2002, two children representing a case of severe developmental retardation were discovered and taken into custody. The children, an older sister (referred to as F) and a younger brother (referred to as G), were found to have achieved no more than the physical and mental age level normal to children 1 year of age or less, in spite of their actual respective chronological ages of 6 and 5.


F and G have continued to exhibit a tendency toward undersocialization, but this has at times been rather a positive factor in the process of attaining ego identity during adolescence, especially for G, serving to protect him from unreasonable social pressures to conform to group behavior. In combination with other cases of severe deprivation, the case of F and G holds some interesting implications for theories of human development, particularly the notion of critical periods.
This principle can probably be applied to various other areas as well (For example, many instances of deprivation have been reported in which attachment occurs much later than normal.) And in the case of F and G, though they still could not walk at 5 and 6 years of age, they acquired the ability during the brief period of 1 week following rescue. Clearly, the organism must possess a self-regulating mechanism pertaining to development that is of a higher order than mere homeostasis. ...
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