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PSY 2301 - Week 3 Notes

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Chapters 3 - 4
Child Psychology
Jessica Hoffman
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Date Created: 09/18/16
PSY 2301 – Child Psychology 09/12/2016 ▯ Gene Environment Interaction  Epigenetic o Continual bidirectional exchanges between one’s genotype and one’s environmental conditions  Affects how an individual acts in their environment and why they choose the environment that they’re in ▯ Nature vs Nurture  Twin Studies o Used to determine the genetic basis for a given trait o Overall, MZ twins show more similarities than DZ twins o MZ twins reared apart  Adoption Studies o Examine similarities and differences between the child and adoptive/biological parents  Some traits are seen as child being more like biological parent even though they’ve never met them before ▯ Conception  Conception o Union of a sperm and an ovum  Ova o Each month an egg is released and is ready to be fertilized by a sperm cell  Sperm o Several million sperm are ejaculated but only 1/1000 will reach the ovum  Spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) o About 50% ▯ Infertility and ART  Causes of infertility among men o Low sperm count o Deformed sperm  Could be due to infection or age o Poor ability of the sperm to swim to the ovum (motility issues) o Infectious diseases o Chronic diseases o Injury of the testes o Autoimmune responses  Causes of infertility among women o Irregular ovulation  Difficulty when the egg is being released o Declining levels of estrogen and progesterone that occur with aging and may prevent ovum from becoming fertilized or from remaining implanted in the uterus o Inflammation of the tissue sloughed off during menstruation (endometriosis) o Obstructions or malfunctions of the reproductive tract, often caused by infection or disease  Pelvic inflammatory disease caused by untreated STD’s  Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) o Artificial (intrauterine) insemination  Can be done with donor sperm o In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)  Test tube babies  Fertilization takes place outside of womb  Egg gets implanted in uterus with hope of successful pregnancy o Donor IVF  Egg or sperm or both can be donated  Embryonic transplant o Surrogate  Legal complications  With or without donor egg  If issue with uterus (scar tissue)  Or no egg production o Adoption  Not ART  Just another way for a family to have kids  The younger that you adopt, the better the attachment relationships with the child ▯ ▯ Ch. 3 Prenatal Development ▯ Prenatal growth  3 period of prenatal growth o germinal (weeks 1-2) o embryonic (weeks 3-8) o fetal (weeks 9-38)  Germinal o 1-2 weeks after conception o time between implantation and conception o sex is determined but can’t be identified by dr yet o blastocyst  zygote has the form of a sphere of cells surrounding a cavity of fluid o embryonic disk  inner part of the blastocyst that differentiates into the endoderm, mesoderm, and ectoderm of embryo o trophoblast  outer part of the blastocyst from which the amniotic sac, placenta, and umbilical cord develop o placenta  organ connected to the uterine wall which serves as a relay station between mother and fetus for the exchange of nutrients and waste o umbilical cord  tube that connects the fetus to the flacenta ▯ ▯ PSY 2301 – Child Psychology 09/19/2016 ▯ Prenatal Growth  Pregnancy o Cannot be confirmed until after implantation o 1/3 of pregnancies result in a miscarriage  due date o determined by last menstrual period (LMP) o small percentage are born on due date  Cephalocaudal growth pattern o developing from head to tail  Proximodorsal growth pattern o Developing from the inside to the extremities; from the axis outward  Embryonic period o Weeks 3-8 o Embryo o Characterized by the development of the major organ systems o Neural tube – develops into brain and spinal cord o Weighs about 1 gram (1/13 of an ounce) and 1 inch long  3 layers of the embryo o endoderm (innermost)  produces the liver, pancreas, digestive and respiratory systems o mesoderm (middle)  produces muscular, skeletal, cardiovascular, and lymphatic systems, kidneys, and connective tissues o ectoderm (outermost)  produces the epidermis, nervous system, sensory organs, hair follicles, nails and teeth  Embryonic period o Formation of the  Head  Neural tube  Blood vessel for heart pulsates  Limbs  Teeth buds  Bone cells  Facial features  Amniotic sac o Contains the embryo and fetus  Amniotic fluid o Fluid within the amniotic sac that suspends and protects the fetus  Functions of the placenta: o Permits fetus to exchange nutrients and waste with mother o Contains a membrane that acts a s a filter allowing certain substances to pass through it o Secretes hormones that prepare breasts for nursing and stimulate contractions that prompt childbirth  Fetal period o 9 week after conception until birth o the third month:  development of sex organs  ultrasound  weighs 3 ounces and about 3 inches long o middle three months  periods of wakefulness and sleep  perceives light and sounds  increase in brain size  age of viability  weights about 20 oz .14 inches o last three months  organs continue to mature  fatty layer beneath the skin  lungs expand and contract to practice breathing  formation of folds in the cortex of the brain  rapid weight gain  Environmental influences o Maternal nutrition  Malnutrition linked with low birth weight, stunted growth, cognitive deficiencies, behavioral problems  Maternal obesity linked with higher risk of stillbirth and neural tube defects  Need protein, vitamins, zinc, iron, cobalt, calcium, folic acid, and calories  Recommended weight gain depends on pre pregnancy weight o Teratogen  Anything that can harm prenatal development and result in birth defects or death  Ex. Drugs, viruses, pollutants, chemical  3 important factors in determining risk  timing of exposure  amount of exposure  threshold effect o point at which a teratogen will ecome harmful  dose, timing, frequency, and other teratogens can influence threshold  genetic vulnerability  genes of the fetus may create increased risk o poor metabolism for alcohol  maternal genes can also create increased risk o maternal allele resulting in low levels of folic acid, Rh factor  common teratogens  STD’s  Influenza, rubella  Pre-eclampsia  Rh incompatibility  Accutane, thalidomide antibiotics, hormones, vitamins  Heroin and methadone, marijuana, cocaine, alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes  Lead, mercury, cadmium, selenium, zinc  Stress o Fetal Alcohol syndrome  Associated with abnormal facial characteristics slow physical growth na d intellectual disability  Later in pregnancy, exposure to alcohol may result in behavioral effects such as hyperactivity, poor concentration, and slow learning ▯ ▯ PSY 2301 – Child Psychology 09/19/2016 ▯ Ch. 4 ▯ Birth and the Newborn Baby ▯ Birth  Prior to birth: o Fetus shifts and settles head down in the uterus o Braxton-Hicks contractions o Amniotic sac bursts releasing the amniotic fluid (water breaking) o Fetal hormones stimulate release of protasglandins o Oxytocin stimulates strong contractions  3 stages of birth o labor  Lasts for 12 hours on average for the first child  Average of 7 hours for second child  Uterine contractions help the cervix to dilate to 10 cm  Hospital when 4-5 minutes apart  Fetal monitoring  Transition- movement of head into the birth canal o Delivery  Can last minutes to hours◦ Culminates in the birth of the neonate◦ Crowning- head emerges from birth canal ◦ Upon birth, mucus is  suctioned from the baby’s airway to allow for breathing  Umbilical cord is clamped and severed o Afterbirth  Can last minutes to hours  Placenta separates from the uterus and is expelled through the birth canal o Full term  40 weeks; 9 months  average  7 ½ pounds 20 inches  Assistance during childbirth o Anesthesia- epidural to alleviate pain o Hypnosis o Biofeedback o Prepared childbirth  Lamaze method o Midwife o Doula  Cesarean Section (C-Section) o ◦ Baby delivered through an incision in the abdomen o 1/3 of births in U.S. o Indicated when:  Mother has small pelvis  Maternal weakness or fatigue  Baby is too large  Baby is in distress o Benefits:  Can prevent transmission of diseases such as HIV  Safer if fetus is positioned incorrectly (e.g., breeched)  Reduction in pain  Control the date of birth   Alternatives to the hospital o Birthing centers  5% of US births o Home births  Less than 1%  Birth Problems o Oxygen Deprivation  Anoxia- lack of oxygen  Hypoxia- less oxygen than is required  Consequences:  Impair CNS development  Cognitive and motor problems, cerebral palsy, psychological disorders (e.g., schizophrenia)  Damage to hippocampus  Problems in learning and memory o Preterm  3 or more weeks before due date o low birthweight  less than 5 ½ pounds at birth o small for gestational age/small for date  birthweight significantly lower than expected, given the time since conception o risk factors for preterm of SFD babies  smoking  maternal drug use  malnutrition o consequences  delays in learning; poorer school performance  attention problems  delayed motor development  Infant mortality rate o 7.1 in 1000 live births o lack of oxygen and nutrition  maternal mortality rate o 1 in 2400 o world: bleeding, infections, high blood pressure  Postpartum psychological problems o Baby blues  Typically lasts up to 10 days o Postpartum depression PPD  1/7 women will experience  characterized by sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, changes in appetite and sleep, difficulty concentrating, anhedonia o postpartum psychosis  1/1000  delusions o postpartum anxiety  very common  Assessing neonates o Agpar scale Five vital signs  Appearance – color  Pulse – heart rate  Grimace – reflex irritability  Activity – muscle tone  Respiration – breathing  Each given a score of 0, 1, 0r 2  Y or higher is good o Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale NBAS  Measure of newborn responsiveness, including 46 behaviors and reflexes o Reflex  An involuntary response to a stimulus  Infants have reflexes that  Maintain oxygen supply  Maintain constant body temperature  Manage feeding o Other reflexes  Swimming  Moving arms and legs in swimming motion  Moro  Response to a sudden change  Palmar grasp  Grasping objects in palm  Stepping  Taking steps when held upright  Babinski  Fan toes when stroke feet  Tonic-neck  Turn head and extend arm and leg on that side, flex other limbs  Neonate sense o Vision  Poor visual acuity  Near-sighted  Least developed sense at birth o Hearing  Begin responding to sound in womb  More likely to respond to high pitched sounds  Preference for mothers voices o Smell  Can discriminate distinct odors  Can recognize mother o Taste  Sensitive to different tastes  Preference for sweet o Touch and pain  Important for learning and communication  Believe neonates do experience pain  Neonate sleep o 16 hours per day; reduces over time o by 6-12 months, sleeping through the night o REM sleep  At birth 50 %  By 6 months 30%  Sudden Infant Death Syndrome o 2000 – 3000 infants die each year o more common among  2-4 month olds  sleep on stomach or side  premature, low birth weight babies  males  lower ses families  bottle fed babies  African American babies  Babies of teen mothers  Babies of mothers who use substances o Recommendations  Sleep on back  Sleep on firm surface  Keep soft objects, loose bedding out of crib  Do not sleep in same bed as parents  Breastfeeding  Well checks with pediatrician  Keep away from smokers  Do not let get too hot  Offer pacifier  Do not use objects that advertise reduction in risk of SIDS  


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