Saturday, January 23, 2016

Research and children

This week in class we studied the dark side of research. It was amazing how terrible research can be and how deceptive researchers have been at times, just to get their results in.

But as in almost everything, there's a light side of research too. I've shared my opinions of vaccines before, that's what I think of when I consider the good parts of research and children. Because of good research we know what side effects to possibly expect, we also know what vaccines prevent against. I'm sure not all vaccine research has been done in good faith, but because of all of it so many lives have been spared, my daughter's included.

I know of a child who was in a vaccine research study when he was born for the first year or two of life. The child's parent took their temperature on different hourly marks and kept track of all possible symptoms. Everything was safe for the child and their parent, and monitored closely by their pediatrician. I'm thankful for that because as diseases change and mutate we need to have people keeping up with the vaccines, changing them and making them the best for us.

Research is purposeful and we can gain a lot of information from it. But it still needs to be done ethically, honestly, and in good faith, otherwise the results are tainted, and we really don't need any more of that.


  1. Hello Danielle,

    Good point. We were exposed to the dark side of research. I was fascinated and appalled by the efforts of researchers to gain knowledge at the detriment of other people. I myself have been asked to participate in research efforts and chose not become involved because of the possibility that I could be placing myself at harm. I am glad to read that your knowledge and experience has been a positive one. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Danielle
    Thanks for sharing your lighter side of research. I had a friend who studied Child Development and worked in the field. However, her husband (who is in the medical field) and her had different viewpoints on whether their child would be vaccinated. It took a few years, and they slowly vaccinated their daughter one injection at a time spaced out. Although vaccinations are still controversial, it is surprising that California now requires all children enrolled in Kinder to be vaccinated. I had a few students who would be removed from school, until their immunizations were in order.

  3. This is an area that I chose, also, but in a bit of a different manner. I think that there is just so much out there about vaccines, and not all of it positive. It makes it really difficult for parents to decide what is best for their children. It is scary. It also makes it difficult for those of us in the field to feel confident about answers that we give parents when they ask us for advice. I just wish we really had some good, solid information that would put any doubts and conspiracy theories to rest... one way or the other.

  4. Danielle,
    That is a good example of ethical research that is used to truly help people. I definitely have positive views when it comes to vaccines and feel that the research that has to be done to create and keep up with vaccines is amazing. I know that many people have different views on vaccines, but doing our own research on important topics like this can make a difference in how we feel.

  5. I am happy to see your post and see the positive side of vaccines as there is so much talk on the negative effects of research. It seems just as you said there are positives and negatives to everything.