Edited by Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.
On 60 Minutes, or maybe it was Dateline or 20/20, I watched a story about
research that had been done on the effects of parental deprivation. It was
a sad feature with wide-eyed baby chimpanzees that clung to rag-doll "mothers"
and hard-metal maternal scarecrows as various stressors were introduced into
their cages by semisadistic researchers. In one, a chimp with no mother, or
mother equivalent, lay huddled in the corner rocking and banging its head
against the bars. The narrator drew inferences to early development in humans.
He talked about orphans in Romania and failure to thrive. I thought about
Connecticut and my daily evaluations.
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