BP 4

BP 4

Reflecting on the New York Longitudinal Study (1977) of behavioral traits of infants, how might the effectiveness of caregiving behaviors be different for children with each temperament (name and address 3 traits specifically)? How could that affect level of attachment between caregiver/parents and child?

Babies that were categorized into the difficult baby category, had behaviors that made caring for them challenging.  For example if the child was more fearful of new objects or new faces, an attentive parent would try to calm the child be providing reassurance to the child through touch or vocalizations; however if the baby was unresponsive to the reassurance it could cause the caregiver to have doubt in their ability to calm their child and affect their future interactions with their child.  If the parent was inattentive during episodes were the baby was facing fear, it could cause the child to experience that response on a more regular basis.  For babies that were categorized in the east baby category, if they had an inattentive caregiver, the parent might assume that their child does not need much positive interaction since the child seems content without it.  Attachment to the caregiver is so significant, especially in the first year of the baby’s life.  A child that is considered an easy baby, may not get the attachment it needs from a caregiver due to the easiness of care.


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