Childhood Isolation And Its Effects On Children

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Being an only child, I have always wondered if I was affected by childhood isolation. I consider myself to be quite shy and quiet which got me thinking, has childhood isolation shaped me to be this way? From what I know, childhood isolation has many long-term affects on children such as shyness, depression, and can make a person antisocial. “How has being only child effected me”, is my primary question. From this question I hope to learn the different aspects of childhood isolation, like what does it really mean to be isolated, does it have different effects on people, and if so why? By answering these questions, I can discover if I experienced isolation in my childhood and how it might have impacted me physically, mentally, psychologically, and socially. I started my research by entering my question, “How does being an only child effect child development”, at the Wayne state library databases search engine and couldn’t really find what I was looking for, so I did a google search and found an article that partially answered my question. The article is titled “The Dangers of Loneliness” by Hara marano published on July 1, 2003; it discusses the many effects loneliness has on children and adults. More specifically, it explains the affects loneliness has on the mental and physical health of an individual. In the article it states, “unmet social needs take a serious toll on health, eroding our arteries, creating high blood pressure, and even undermining learning and memory”.

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