RealCare Baby Research Study: 5 Reasons Infant Simulators Are Effective

Baby_lifetstyle_Agirl_AAboy_AAgirl-HR-500wideBecause our RealCare Baby infant simulators are used in 90 countries around the world, we have the opportunity to impact many young lives. Customer testimonials and research studies are two ways we gauge the effectiveness of those impacts, and a research study conducted by Denmark’s Aarhus University is a recent example. Dubbed “The Doll Project,” this two-year study was conducted on students in Greenland to measure the impact of these infant simulators on family and sex education. Participants completed a 2- to 3-day program that included caring for Baby, at the end of which they had a chance to reflect on choices they’ve made regarding family and health. Results were gathered through extensive surveys with students and parents of participants.

Although the study features 30 conclusions, I’ve listed my Top 5 below:

  1. The vast majority of students, as a result of the doll care and the family and sex education, have started to think differently about having a child. Students have specifically begun to reflect more carefully on the subject of parenthood.
  1. Having participated in the doll care and the family life and sex education, the majority believe that it would have a negative effect on their lives, if they were to have a baby “here and now,” more than before their experience of the doll care and the education.
  1. Most students have not been scared off, in terms of becoming a parent. After the doll care, fewer students consider it would be “absolutely devastating for their lives” if they were to have a child now. But far more students are aware that it would have negative consequences, including restrictions in terms of life and educational opportunities. It can thus be concluded that the effect is generally not one of deterrence, but of awareness.
  1. Overall, students’ responses, after their experience of doll care and family and sex education, are significantly more diverse than before. This would suggest that the project has had a significant impact on students’ attitudes and values.
  1. A significant effect of both doll care and family and sex education is that students were significantly more motivated to use contraception than they were before. Almost no students, who prior to doll care had sex without using contraception, alleged that their habit would continue. We can thus conclude that students’ awareness of contraception has been intensified.

According to study author Karen Wistoft, “The short-term impact of the program, including the effectiveness of infant simulation is a change in the teenagers’ perceptions of pregnancy and parenting.  In addition the evaluation shows an impact on teenage pregnancies according to geographical diversity and social contexts.”

To view the complete study, click here.

Study Author: Karen Wistoft, Professor (mso), Institut for Læring, Ilisimatusarfik/Grønlands Universitet, Department of Education, University of Greenland, +299 342541