The Development of Socialization in Adolescents
I have decided to write my research paper on a specific and very famous case from 1970 about a child named Genie Wiley. Genie spent nearly all of the first thirteen years of her life locked inside of her room of her home in Temple City, California. The paper will discuss in depth Genie’s childhood, her rescue and discovery, her in depth case and the efforts to rehabilitate her, her progress throughout her years with the many psychologists that devoted their time and life to her case, and conclusions made about her case. Speech and the development of intelligence during Genie’s first thirteen years will be my second most researched section and seemed to be the biggest unanswered topics while reading about her case. The section of the paper that will be the most researched will cover Genie related to the lack of socialization of her life before the rescue. Webster’s Dictionary defines socialization as a continuing process whereby an individual acquires a personal identity and learns the norms, values, behavior, and social skills appropriate to his or her social position. I will discuss the lack of all social aspects of Genies life and the effects that research shows, has on the long term functioning of a person, specifically Genie.
The sources I will be referring to in my paper include the online archives of The New Yorker, two books: “Genie: An Abused Childs Flight From Silence” by Russ Rymer, and “Genie: A Psycholinguist Study of a Modern-Day Child” by Susie Curtiss. I will also be referencing my Life Span Human Development book for class, Webster’s Dictionary, I also used abcnews.com website.
What we know of Genie’s childhood before her rescue is that she was a prisoner of her home and parents for nearly thirteen years. It is documented in The New Yorker archives is that she was tied to a child’s toilet in diapers during the day, bound in a sleeping bag at...