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The effects of infant simulators on early adolescents.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11817639     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The researchers examined the effects of infant simulators (computerized dolls designed to simulate normal infants) on 236 eighth-grade students. As part of their health and sex education curriculum, students had to provide care--24 hours a day, over several days--to dolls that cried when they "were hungry," "needed a diaper change," or "needed attention." The dolls enabled teachers to evaluate the care given by students. Students kept daily charts and journals, and wrote essays about their experiences. One to two years later, the students were surveyed, along with 461 comparison students who did not have the infant simulator experience. The findings indicated that the doll experience had a significant impact on the students, especially the females. It helped them to learn about the challenges of infant care, and to think of the implications before engaging in sexual intercourse. The comparison group felt less knowledgeable about what it takes to care for an infant, and judged infant care as less time consuming, difficult, and expensive than did those who had the infant simulator experience.
J H Divine; G Cobbs
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Adolescence     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0001-8449     ISO Abbreviation:  Adolescence     Publication Date:  2001  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-01-30     Completed Date:  2002-07-16     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0123667     Medline TA:  Adolescence     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  593-600     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Teacher Education, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville 47712, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
Adolescent Psychology
Personality Development*
Play and Playthings / psychology*

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