Friday, June 22, 2012

The Big Fear: Is Your Child A Psychopath? (A link)

Hi Friends,
Below is a link to an article from IOL: Lifestyle about identifying factors of early psychopathic behavior in children.  I know this is one of the deepest fears Foster and Adoptive (and maybe all parents of troubled kids) have.. a fear that is maybe never spoken out loud.  The signs are important to watch for though and to be aware of. Most importantly, read the article, it gives hope and practical advice on how consistent rules (like our House Rules) and consequences for bad behavior helps.

Read on...

Is your child a psychopath?

The-Good-Son-movie-poster-moviegoodsIn The Good Son a young boy stays with his aunt and uncle, and befriends his cousin who's the same age. But his cousin begins showing increasing signs of psychotic behavior.
London - When my sons were fighting recently, I had to disarm the five-year-old as he went into battle against his brother wielding a cricket bat.
Like many parents who’ve witnessed their children being spiteful or cruel, I felt an icy chill in the stomach. Most parents want their children to be kind and considerate most, if not all, of the time.
But while nearly all youngsters have aggressive moments, for the vast majority – including mine – those moments pass and five minutes later they’re demonstrating their sweet, kind natures by giving you a spontaneous hug or sneaking the cat a kitty treat.
For a few unlucky parents, that frightening chill never leaves them. Instead, it grows into a gnawing, aching certainty that something is dreadfully wrong.
The problem might show itself in a child’s persistent inability to feel empathy when others are hurt or in pain. It might be the child’s complete lack of remorse for misbehaviour. In the most worrying cases, the child is cruel to other children or animals.
One day these parents will ask themselves a terrifying question: Could my child be a psychopath? And, say experts, the answer could well be yes. For psychologists now believe it is possible to identify psychopathic traits in children as young as three. 

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