Brenda - posted on 01/18/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
Being into psychology like I am, I decided to take the scientific approach to things and see exactly what I could dig up on current research.
Not only did I not find any "proof" that CIO does no harm to infants, I found that there is virtually no research involved in it. Some of the studies I ran across noted that the only CIO research involved babies age 4 months and over (like one or two), or six months and older for the most part. And a lot of it involved children over the age of 12 months. What I want to know is if there is no "proof" out there that letting newborns/small infants CIO, why do so many parenting books say that it causes no psychological harm? I do not understand how they can make that sort of statement with nothing to back it up.
I guess what I'm wondering is do these parenting book writers have any standards to go by? Or can they just fill in the facts as they see fit without any substantiation? As a person trained in psychology, I am well aware of the standards called for on studies about human behavior, and the procedures involved. Do these writers not have to follow guidelines like this? This is why psychologists/counselors/psychiatrists get such a bad reputation. These people that call themselves professionals who are not really professionals in my field make us all look bad. I guess it is no different than these wannabe tv psychologists that get up there and make the evidence say whatever they want it to say.
Bending a psychological study is unethical, but easy to do. And the way we do our statistics can be confusing to laymen at best. I mean, I can take a study on Ice cream consumption and one on murder rates and make a correlation between the two so I can say that ice cream causes murder. (The reality of this example is that both ice cream consumption and murder rates go up in the summer because of a third variable: heat.)
CIO is against the grain of what mothers have been doing for generations since the beginning of civilization, yet modern women in our society believe that it is a superior way of raising children. One of the arguments against Dr. Sears and other AP parenting books is the way they site other cultures as being AP, and that our advanced culture is beyond that. That is like those crazy people that say that since there are breast pumps there is no reason to nurse because it harming the child and technology is better than nature. (Those people are nuts btw.)
So yeah, was just putting this out there because it really grates on my nerves to see people do this sort of stuff.