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F09Damaged_Angels_Assignment_1_ - Psychology 353 Fall 2009...

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Psychology 353 Fall 2009 Schreier Assignment #1 – Damaged Angels Please answer the following question based on your reading and understanding of Bonnie Buxton’s Damaged Angels . For full points it is expected that you will cite examples from the readings and supplement your answer with course material from lecture. This assignment is worth 50 points and your response should be typed, double-spaced, 12 point font New Times Roman, and between 3 and 4 pages, APA format. Papers are due at the start of class on Oct.7 th . Buxton often says that Collette’s development was decided “while in utero” suggesting that her prenatal alcohol exposure overshadowed any learning or experience that could have compensated for her neurological impairments. Although this may be true it is important to also consider the socializing influences in Collette’s life after she was born. Please identify and discuss 3 socializing influences in her life (e.g., Bonnie or Brian’s parenting, foster care, school , “ the farm ”, the medical community ) and how each ultimately interacted with and affected Collette’s physical, cognitive, social and/or emotional development in both positive and negative ways. USE MATERIAL FROM LECTURE NOTES In Bonnie Buxton’s book, “Damaged Angels,” it follows the author’s personal experiences in raising a child with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder). As the story develops and there is increasing revelation that her daughter, Colette, is suffering from this disease, Buxton often states that Colette’s development was hindered by “permanent brain damage caused by prenatal alcohol” (p.60) and that this is the fundamental reason for Colette’s cognitive deficits and learning impairments. Although this is, indeed, the biological cause of Colette’s development, the author overlooks the effects of socializing influences in her daughter’s life after conception, namely: the medical community , the school system , and the Hincks Farm . Each of these socializing influences has affected Colette in positive and negative ways in her physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. OR switch order of influences to School System, medical community, hincks (more of a temporary influence rather than a long-term recurring influence such as the school system and medical community) OR medical community school ,……….then farm Throughout the book’s entirety, we see the author blaming everything on fetal alcohol symptoms, claiming that nothing she or her spouse ever did to help Colette reform her life was
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worth it, and that every bit of that effort was made in vain because the root of all the problems was the fetal neurological damage endured by Colette – something that they couldn’t prevent and
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