A millennium of research on children growing up without their biological parents: What have we learned and how did we shape the policy?
In this presentation, Professor Grigorenko will focus on the current state of knowledge regarding major threats to the development of children growing up without their biological parents in different environments, namely different types of replacement families and institutions. Professor Grigorenko will provide an overview of the literature and particularly highlight aspects that are directly related to the research conducted by her Laboratory at SPbGU.
Professor Grigorenko will briefly outline the results of the first major adoption outcome study, How Foster Children Turn Out (1924), and milestone the subsequent work with regard to these early findings. Specifically, Professor Grigorenko will first discuss the types of care used around the world to support children growing without their biological families and, second, will focus on types of replacement families and other arrangements available to such children, particularly in the Russian Federation. Professor Grigorenko will provide an overview of the literature with regard to the major dimensions of child development, specifically, the child’s physical and neurological maturation, cognitive (including language) and social-emotional development, and, when available, longitudinal results and life-long outcomes such as academic and vocational achievement and physical and mental health.