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Prompt: 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?


Response: If a caregiver is not attentive to a child’s needs when they display that need, then that neglect can have a negative impact on that child’s overall temperament, which will be explained in three traits.

One trait can be the Approach/Withdrawal, in which the child has an immediate response/reaction to a new experience that is either accepted or rejected. If a child’s caregiver has been encouraging and seen as a secure anchor for that child, then the child accepts or approaches the new experience rather than reject or withdraw.

The second trait will be the Adaptability trait, where a child either adapts in a short, moderate, or long time, or if that child withdrawals completely. It is positive for children to have a short time length to adapt versus long time length to adapt in order to meet that chid’s developmental needs. If a child takes a long time to adapt to something or withdrawals from something, then that child is not accustomed to experiencing new things and/or has not developed his/her proper cognitive development skills to understand he/she is experiencing something.

The third trait will be the Intensity trait, of which the energy the child is shown in the expressed mood. If a child is able to show energy or interest in something, then that child has been exposed and encouraged to express interests in things. If a child is not able to do that, then that child has not been encouraged and/or neglected to the point where the child has no interest in expressing an emotion.

After reading these three traits, Approach/Withdrawal, Adaptability, and Intensity, it can be noticeable on how these traits can be seen in positive and negative attachment levels. Remember, babies rely on their caregivers to manage their emotions.

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