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SOUNDS FAMILIAR

Filed at 10:56 am under by dcobranchi

The University of Washington is having difficulty recruting black couples to participate in a study “find out how parents communicate and raise healthy, well-adjusted children.” The reearchers attribute this reluctance to “[f]ears of exploitation and a cultural tendency not to discuss “the family’s business” with outsiders.” I understand completely; I’d bet that homeschoolers were underrepresented in these kinds of studies, too.

3 Responses to “SOUNDS FAMILIAR”


Comment by
Chris
August 26th, 2003
at 2:40 pm

ESPN wanted to interview us last week for a story on how parents are dealing with the Kobe Bryant situation. We declined for the same type of reasons – my wife just wasn’t comfortable with the idea of talking about the kids on national TV. I wanted to do it just to fulfill the male fantasy of being on ESPN 🙂 My wife is probably right though.


Comment by
meep
August 26th, 2003
at 3:33 pm

Reminds me of when I got a letter on infant development research, and my husband was interested until he heard that they would come to our home. We’re interested in research, just not in our home.


Comment by
Laura
August 26th, 2003
at 6:08 pm

I wonder if the subset of people who would be willing to have this intrusive study done is really representative of Americans at large. I certainly wouldn’t want strangers asking intimate questions about my family. I don’t know anybody who would.

The Tuskegee thing just kills me. I accept that it happened, but I don’t want to believe it. I can’t make it fit into my worldview somehow.