Open Access Honors Program Thesis
Tyler G. O'Brien
This study explores the two causes of positional plagiocephaly, or abnormal head shape in infants as well as effects and treatments. To do so, two groups were chosen for comparison: contemporary western societies and tribal Native American societies. In the first group, the medical condition known as positional plagiocephaly is considered before, during and after the Safe to Sleep campaign of the 1990’s. In the second group infant head flattening is discussed as a result of cradling practices and carrying techniques. The importance of this study is to contribute new insight into positional plagiocephaly and its treatments. The study combines materials from those attempting prevention and correction of this condition, as well as providing information for those wanting to further study positional plagiocephaly and its effects.
Date of Award
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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© 2014 Jacinda Rose Ruggles
Ruggles, Jacinda Rose, "Positional plagiocephaly among tribal societies and contemporary western societies: a comparison of treatments, results, and effects" (2014). Honors Program Theses. 108.