Psychiatric Group Slams Jon and Kate Gosselin

Jon and Kate Gosselin seem to be getting it from all sides these days.

Us Magazine reports that the Jon & Kate Plus 8 couple are now being called out by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, which says that the Gosselins have “exposed and exploited” their massive brood by putting their lives on the airwaves.

Dr. Michael Brody from the Academy says that, as bad as what people see on the series is, it’s what audiences don’t see that could really be harming the kids.

“We only see what the editors decide to put in. What is it, one-hundredth, one-thousandth of the amount of filming that’s done? I don’t think the audience appreciates that. The cameras don’t run by themselves. What, do they have 30 or 40 people there filming these kids?” Brody asks. “This is tough. Privacy, space, what you express to people. Like any family, it’s a little too harsh to call it family secrets, but there are certain things that go on in the family that are not brought on outside. But in this, everything is exposed.”

Brody continues, “How could this be normal? Number one: there are strangers in the house. People don’t let strangers in the house for many good reasons, even if these strangers become familiar. The other thing is, they are constantly exposed and they are going to see this later on. I wonder how they are going to view it…. “

The doctor, who characterizes Jon & Kate Plus 8 as the “commercialization of children,” notes that the Gosselin kids’ natural desire to please their parents, combined with the environment that they’re currently living in, could lead to serious problems.

“It’s not normal for an eight year old or a five year old to be working to support their family,” Brody asserts. “It’s not normal that they should have their privacy invaded. It is not normal that they should have to only express certain things.”

Brody goes on to suggest that, as the kids’ “need for attention” grows from being on the program longer and longer, they’re being set up for disappointment later in life, when the spotlight is shut off but the intensified craving for attention remains.

“When you have a child who is just a regular child and is good at something, you applaud the child and that’s fine,” Brody says. “But when there are such expectations because these children are on television and they’re so cute, then reality sets in, the gap between reality and the expectations is filled with depression.”

Have your say in the comments section: Do you think the Gosselins are harming their kids in the long run by putting them in the spotlight at such an early age?