Research Methods and Society: Raising Children

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Research Methods and Society

Would being raised in a negative family environment make a parent more or less likely to raise his/her own children the same?


This study was conducted to determine the likelihood of a person that was raised in a negative environment to raise their children in the same environment. Based on sources ranging from, the American Academy of Pediatrics, internet blogging sites, state counseling service sites and a survey our group has designed and conducted, the results show that there is about a 50/50 chance that adults that endured a difficult childhood will fall into the same routine and raise their children as they were raised.

Our future. That’s what every child is. A person’s childhood environment has everything to do with the world’s future. The home we grow up in shapes who we are for life, good or bad. Every experience you have as a child affects you. It is proven that if you grew up in a loving, nurturing environment you will most likely raise your children the same. But what if your childhood was just the opposite? What of you were raised in abuse? The experiences you endured where negative? Are you more likely to raise your children the same? Some will say it’s inevitable that the apple won’t fall far from the tree while others will argue that people can successfully live a life completely different from the one their upbringings dictated. Our group is on the hopeful side of the debate. We believe that a person is an individual, and while the struggle, or battle as we see it, is a hard one, people have the power to change familial habits. Just because you grew up in a home filled with addiction and abuse does not mean you have to fill your own with the same. It does not mean that you will choose to force your innocent children into the same experiences. You have a choice. Everyday people are given the choice to change the course of their future, to make their children’s future a better one. Yes we do have to face the fact that some will get lost in the negative world, not by choice, but because they really did get sucked in too deep and unfortunately sometimes society and individuals just can’t undo what has been done to them. But we believe that people are innately good, that our souls strive to feel good, to do good, to be good, to teach good.
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Sage Journals Online
Unfavorable family conditions such as alcoholism or abuse tend to make children more susceptible to raising their own children the same. Women were shown to “nish school” and marry/reproduce at a young age. Those coming from a negative home environment have lower mortality rates. – blog
Five out of ten children would consider their childhood to be unfavorable. These “broken children” grow up and suffer in many aspects of their lives. They suffer emotionally, physically and financially. Their self esteem, their personal relationships, and even their careers can be affected. People that have endured and continue to harbor all that hurt usually become anti- social. By feeling that the world is against them, or that they are just gods joke, they can create an illusion where they are comfortable and can not get hurt.

American Academy of Pediatrics
When most people parent their children they reflect on their own childhood memories, memories that are both positive and negative. What were your relationships like with your parents? Who was a positive influence and why? What was negative and why? Do you want to use the same style as your parents or a different one and why? These thought may be conscious and deliberate or not. You might not even realize that your determining your approach to parenting based on your own childhood. Personality traits and the understanding of your own can go a long way when trying to raise your child the “right” way.

State education, counseling services – recognizing and overcoming the...
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