She was widowed 12 years ago after 57 years of marriage. Jane states she never remarried because no other man could compare to how great a husband she had. Jane’s earliest memory of her childhood was at about three years old. Her Father’s sister had been living with them and one day her Father took her Aunt shopping and on the way the Aunt had a stroke and was taken directly to the hospital by her Father. Jane remembers when her Father returned to the home she was told that her Aunt had passed away.
“Society Makes Us Human” Lindsey Brown SOC 210 March 23, 2013 Case #1: The “Genie” Case The Situation In November of 1970, a young thirteen year old girl was discovered by a social worker in Los Angeles, California after her mother actually called and requested services. After some investigation it was uncovered that her parents and her brother had ignored the young girl (dubbed “Genie” to protect her identity) for most her life. Her father beat her when she made a noise, and only acknowledged her to bark or growl at her. “Genie” spent most of her life strapped to a potty-chair, barely able to move her feet and hands. Length of Confinement “Genie” spent all thirteen years of her life being physically, verbally, and mentally abused.
Eva Mae was a young seventeen-year-old girl when Antwone was born and placed in foster care. She made several visits to see Antwone in the beginning but then never made any other attempts to visit him. Because Eddie did not know that Eva Mae was pregnant, he did not share that information with his family. Eddie’s family were strict Catholics, but were a close family. Eddie’s father was a Doctor and worked two jobs.
Failure to form an attachment is known as privation, and research suggests that it can have long-lasting effects such as an inability to properly for attachments in adulthood and severe developmental problems. Privation can occur in cases of abuse towards the child, or simply in incidents where the child has no chance to form an attachment to a parental figure. Privation was researched through the use of the case study of Genie, a girl who was locked in a room by her father and stepmother until age 13 and a half. This lead to her not learning to respond properly in a social situation, and being unable to speak properly due to the effects of the punishment she received whenever she spoke. Psychologists have attributed this to the fact that the privation prevented her from forming an attachment or learning any language skills during the critical period of her life, up to two and a half years of age.
No longer is she the joyous, playful baby her mother had raised. Now, Emily cries at the sight of her, “a clogged weeping that could not be comforted” (Olsen 233). Emily’s mother eventually has to send her to live with her ex-husband’s family for about a year, so that she may focus on work. Several years after Emily returned her mother had another baby, Susan. Sick with a fever, Emily could not see her mother or new sister for a week.
This discovery urged her to find out more about her father, so she went ahead and called her mother to find out that she has been keeping memories of her father. Tracy was only three months old when her father died. She had no memory of her past with him. Her mother tucked this tragedy away because of the pain it brought to her, and never thought that Tracy would ever ask her about her father. Together with her mother, Tracy unfolds memories of friends that fought with her father in Vietnam and family members who still carry precious memory of him.
Her mother and father had been divorced for a while. The summer was approaching and there was a mandatory court order for her to visit her father in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Because Kristina was so young when her father left, she knew nothing about him. All she knew was what he informed her. He filled her head up
It is other factors such as age and location that contribute to the relationship and determine the level of closeness. Emily’s lack of emotion towards her mother can be attributed to a number of issues in her youth. Since Emily was born, her mother had been working diligently to support the family. To make matters worse, she was only nineteen when Emily was born. Her husband left early on in Emily’s life and her mother was forced to leave her with friends or send her to day care.
Charlotte reports several life events that could be related to her depression. Charlotte lost her job 1 ½ years ago and doesn’t feel qualified to find another meaningful job. Her mother died when she was a teenage and she was forced to take on the caregiver role rather than pursue school. Charlotte has a uterine condition preventing her from having kids. Charlotte is also having some difficulties in her marriage despite stating that the marriage is good overall.
They thought they knew each other well enough to get married, but as Carl says it in the text “And once we did it seemed too late” (p.8, l.66). So now he thinks that he is stuck with this life. With a family that he feels separated from “they didn’t seem connected to him nor did he feel connected to them”(p.10, l.134). The only way for Carl to find comfort, for his sister’s illness, is in his sister’s friend, who is going through the same kind of pain. But since Carl moved to Worland with his wife and daughter a year ago, he hasn’t been able to stop thinking of Lily, a woman who attends his church.