Family Facts #39

Family Facts — By on December 8, 2007 at 1:43 am

Compared with childless peers, new parents had higher levels of social integration with relatives, friends, and neighbors.

Source:
“Costs and Rewards of Children: The Effects of Becoming a Parent on Adults’ Lives”
Nomaguchi, Kei M.
Milkie, Melissa A.
Journal of Marriage and Family Vol. 65, Number . May, 2003. Page(s) 356-374.
(HT: FamilyFacts.org)



  • http://www.gyrphmon.com Patrick (gryph)

    “Huckabee acknowledged the prevailing scientific view then, and since, that the virus that causes AIDS is not spread through casual contact, but said that was not certain. He cited revelations in 1991 that a dentist had infected a patient in an extraordinary case that highlighted the risk of infection through contact with blood or bodily fluids.
    “I still believe this today,” he said in a broadcast interview, that “we were acting more out of political correctness” in responding to the AIDS crisis. “I don’t run from it, I don’t recant it,” he said of his position in 1992. Yet he said he would state his view differently in retrospect.
    Huckabee, as a Senate candidate that year, told The Associated Press that “we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague” if the federal government was going to deal with the spread of the disease effectively (story).
    “It is the first time in the history of civilization in which the carriers of a genuine plague have not been isolated from the general population, and in which this deadly disease for which there is no cure is being treated as a civil rights issue instead of the true health crisis it represents,” he said then.
    In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” the former Arkansas governor denied those words were a call to quarantine the AIDS population, although he did not explain how else isolation would be achieved. “I didn’t say we should quarantine,” he said. The idea was not to “lock people up…”

    There is no way to justify his past position as anything but hysterical poor judgment. And by continuing to cite the single case about the dentist he shows that he has not made much progress in the way of thoughtful consideration of the issue since then.
    And I hope I don’t have to explain to anyone how contact between a Dentist and a Patient is anything but casual, with the drilling, punctures, blood, saliva, etc. Its a really stupid example to cite in favor of quarantining an entire population based on fear of “casual” infection. He would have made more sense if he’d suggested to quarantine Dentists.
    And if he had done any homework he might have done better to say something asinine like “It is the first time in the history of civilization in which the carriers of a genuine plague…”
    The United States has always dealt with epidemics BADLY. If he had actually looked at the history he claims to know and had read newspapers accounts during the 1918-19 Flu epidemic he would have seen a lot of the same demagaugery that came out during the begininning of the AIDS epidemic from politicians like himself. We have always liked to treat the sick like sinners that deserved it in this country.
    The decision not to quarantine was not based on “Political Correctness”. This was back during a time in the history of the AIDS crisis when people were burning AIDS victims out of their homes for crying out loud. Calm thoughtful leadership was required. He failed to deliver it back then, and if he is going to continue to try and justify his stupidity of that time he certainly doesn’t deserve another chance now. Sheesh. Even Jesse Helms eventually recanted his idiocy on AIDS.
    I think I’ve had enough of Evangelical Presidents who fail to do their homework on issues they may not directly be familiar with. And who then try to claim that particular character flaw is an asset. Huckabee just displayed a willful and deliberate ignorance that is depressingly familiar.
    Here I thought the GOP was against cloning. But there they go trying to clone the Bush gene yet one more time. Oh well, the Dems are trying to do the same thing with Clinton DNA I suppose.

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    new parents had higher levels of social integration with relatives, friends, and neighbors.
    Of course they do! They need to cultivate those babysitting relationships! :)

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