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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.