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Heather Keane (24 years old)


Education: Undergraduate degree obtained from University of Pittsburgh, graduated with a bachelors of science in psychology and a minor in both chemistry and law

Master’s degree obtained from Carlow University, graduated with a Masters in professional counseling and then became licensed as a counselor for the state of PA

will begin Psy D (clinical psychology doctorate degree) in 2014 at Carlow University

independent research done through Pitt at the SAFE program which specializes in the treatment of juvenile sex offenders


Degree: Master’s in Professional Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor  


Job:Currently therapist and discharge planner at Forbes Regional Hospital on the psychiatric unit (been there for 2 years)

Also adjunct professor for local colleges (psychology courses only)


1. how do children cope with parent’s divorce

I have never seen two children act in the same way as a result of their parents divorcing. Each child responds in a different way depending on their own family situation. Some children cope with divorce by becoming rebellious in order to “punish” their parents for divorcing. Other children become very isolated and have trouble trusting anyone. I have even seen other children really show no side effects of a divorce. It really depends on the specific child, their age when the divorce happens, how amicable the parents are after the divorce, and the child’s personality.



2.does having homosexual parents affect childrens psychological stability

This is a question that is very controversial. I happen to believe that having homosexual parents has absolutely nothing to do with a child’s psychological stability. I feel that it is much better to have two homosexual parents than to have two heterosexual parents who arent good parents. People need to be more accepting of the changes that are occurring in society and in the year 2013, two people of the same sex becoming parents together IS ACCEPTABLE and should not be treated as such a taboo thing. Im not going to disregard that by early childhood, questions may arise such as “why do I have two mommys and most of my friends have one mommy and one daddy” but proper explanation that is age appropriate should make this easier to deal with.



3. are children who have divorced parents more like to have issues with drugs/alcohol as they mature?

Again, I believe this is something that is extremely specific to each individual child you are working with. Sometimes children that come from great homes with great parents end up abusing drugs and alcohol for unexplainable reasons. They may have just become friends with people that experiment with substances and have realized that they enjoy engaging in these behaviors also. Other times, children do choose to use drugs/alcohol after a divorce as a way to “get back at their parents”. I do not believe that divorce in general is more likely to lead children to abuse substances, but I do think that instability in the home can certainly lead a child down the wrong path.


4. pertaining to how children develop, what is an advantage of being an only child?

One advantage of being an only child in regards to development is that the children’s parents can focus all their attention on one child. Obviously, an only child is going to receive more one on one time with mom and dad than a child who has three other siblings.



5. what kind of effect does sibling to sibling bullying have on children?

The main effect I have seen that sibling bullying has on a child is that child learns that being bullied is always going to occur and that they must always be ready to protect themselves. Also, they may be reluctant to trust others and to form “normal” relationships with their peers because they are so used to being bullied that engaging in a healthy relationship with peers may not feel comfortable. They may also figure that they should bully others since they were bullied. Again, it really depends on the specific child at hand.



6. are children more likely to suffer trauma, abuse, and bullying with homosexual parents?

Again, in the year 2013, I would hope that statistics would not support this. However, I do believe that children with homosexual parents are more likely to be teased since this isnt something completely accepted by society. However, I do not believe that children with homosexual parents are at an increased risk for trauma or abuse.



7. are children more likely to have trust and relationship issues as they grow up if they have divorced parents.

I really dont agree with making generalizations, but this is one area that I do feel comfortable making a generalization. I have definitely found that children who come from broken homes do have more reservations about marriage and committment. A common thought is that they do not want to make the same mistakes their parents did.



8. is having a mother and father human nature to children or do they know no better if they have homosexual parents?

Like anything else, children are only raised with what they know. It is only until they reach an age where they are around other children that they can begin to make comparisons and notice differences between their life and others lives.


9. What does divorce affect most in a child’s life?

This is a very general question however the only factor I have seen commonly expressed as a result of divorce is a child’s issues with their own intimate relationships when they reach early adulthood.


10. from my personal views, any differences in only children versus siblings ex is it more likely to see a child with mental issues who is an only child or a child with siblings?

 Like I have mentioned previously, several factors need to be considered before determining if a child is more likely to develop mental illness. People like to make generalizations and stereotypes about only children and middle children, but statistically no type of child (only child versus child with siblings) is more likely to develop mental illness.



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How Does Divorce Affect Kids?

How Does Divorce Affect Kids? | Child development 1 |
Wondering how divorce affects children? Here's what you need to know, from Judith Wallerstein, an internationally recognized authority on the effects of divorce on children and the co-author of "Surviving The Breakup: How Children And Parents Cope...
Zachary melocchi's comment, February 23, 2013 5:14 PM
And when they reach young adulthood, they fear betrayal and decide not to fall in love or marry because, "If you don't marry then you don't divorce."
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Press Release | Same|sex parenting

Zachary melocchi's comment, February 23, 2013 5:28 PM
paraphrase- Evidence is very minimal on gays being good parents. There studies show no control group and have very few people in the experiment. One study did not even use children, but merely opinions of what the homosexuals thoughts were on the subject which would obviously be biased. Adopted children to lesbians have showed gender confusion while growing up. This will obviously be very troubling to them in the long run.
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Welcome to ForTheChildrenInc.

Zachary melocchi's comment, February 23, 2013 5:35 PM
summary- There are many reasons why homosexuals are not good parents, the most two compelling are sexual involvement with a parent and social issues. 29% of children raised by homosexual parents have admitted to having sex with them, and a low .6% of children of heterosexual parents have admitted to the same issues. Social issues is also a problem with homosexual parents. Children feel dissatisfied with there homosexual parents, and are also more likely to have family problems
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How Could Divorce Affect My Kids? - Focus on the Family

How Could Divorce Affect My Kids? - Focus on the Family | Child development 1 |
We now have an enormous amount of research on divorce and children, all pointing to the same stubborn truth: Kids suffer when moms and dads split up.
Zachary melocchi's comment, February 26, 2013 11:03 PM
quote-"Children have the attitude that their parents should be able to work through and solve any issue." said Amy Desai
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The only kids are alright: Good reasons to consider stopping at one child

The only kids are alright: Good reasons to consider stopping at one child | Child development 1 |
This only kid is A-OK.Photo: Omar GurnahSnooki of MTV's Jersey Shore is immature, whiny, and self-involved -- in other words, your typical reality-show star. But a New York Times article about her ...
Zachary melocchi's comment, February 26, 2013 11:11 PM
paraphrase- Being an only child has been seen as a possible "disease" in todays society, however when one actually investigates and sees the facts only children are often better off then not. One major advantage only children show is better education. They are more likely to achieve higher education like law and medical degrees. For environmentalist having one more child can increase pollution and energy use a great deal. When its broken down think how many extra drives are taken, lights are used, and showers over the years. Only children show many more positive benefits contrary to the belief of many people.
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Study: Divorce Affects Kids' Math And Social Skills

Study: Divorce Affects Kids' Math And Social Skills | Child development 1 |
Children of divorced parents often fall behind their classmates in math and social skills and are more likely to suffer anxiety, stress and low self-esteem, according to a new study.
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Don't pity us, life's so much better as an only child

Don't pity us, life's so much better as an only child | Child development 1 |
EMMA KENNEDY (pictured with her parents) writes: Over the years I have been subjected to baseless assumptions about me and my character simply because I am an only child.
Zachary melocchi's comment, February 23, 2013 5:21 PM
paraphrase- China has an only child policy, which they say is for environmental, social, and economic reasons. However, only children are more likely to succeed over multiple children in a household at a rate of 98%. This number is incredibly high and may show there is something behind China's single child law.
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Why same-sex marriage is bad for children

Why same-sex marriage is bad for children | Child development 1 |
Dr. Tryce Hansen has captured in summary form the problems with same-sex marriage, and why it's bad for kids. Any society that truly cares about children will oppose the legalization of homosexual unions for that reason alone.
Zachary melocchi's comment, February 23, 2013 5:30 PM
quote-Bryan Fischer-"
Sociologists have demonstrated over and over again that the optimal nurturing environment for young children is in a home where they are raised in a two-parent family headed by a man and a woman who are married to each other."
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The Impact of Divorce on Young Children and Adolescents

The Impact of Divorce on Young Children and Adolescents | Child development 1 |
Young children and adolescents can respond differently to divorce
Zachary melocchi's comment, February 26, 2013 11:01 PM
Paraphrase- Life changes a great deal for young children when there parents divorce. They go from having mom and dad at home everyday to driving from house to house every week. This increases the child's dependency on parental guidance, and the kid is forced to grow at a much faster rate. Loss in trust is also very common, the adolescent is confused by the situation and often has fantasies of there parents getting back together. There are many negative affects a divorce causes for children, and it almost always affects how they grow mentally into adulthood.
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Are only children happier?

Are only children happier? | Child development 1 |
Is one the loneliest number? A new study says kids without siblings may be better off — thanks to an absence of bullying at home
Zachary melocchi's comment, February 26, 2013 11:16 PM
summary- A recent study shows only children are happier than children with siblings, and the main reason is bullying between siblings. The study was very large and contradicts many from before it that say making friends could be difficult for them. There are many notable only children that many may not be aware of, including Robin Williams and Tiger Woods.