A Clear Understanding On Attachment That I Had Obtained From My Class Textbook Development Through Life

A Clear Understanding On Attachment That I Had Obtained From My Class Textbook Development Through Life

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A clear understanding on attachment that I was able to obtain while reading The Boy Who was raised as a Dog was very similar to what I had obtained from my class textbook Development Through Life: A Psychosocial Approach. According to Newman & Newman (2012), “attachment is the process through which people develop specific, positive emotional bonds with others”. Newman & Newman (2012) mentioned an infant’s attachment is expressed through preferential responsiveness to a few familiar figures. As an infant it is very vital to have a secure attachment with one’s caregiver not just for the child’s brain to develop the correct way, but for the growth of relationships later in the child’s life. Newman and Newman (2012) also point out that there is a difference between the presence of an attachment and the quality of that attachment. In other words, if there is a caregiver available to interact with an infant an attachment will be formed. However, the quality of that interaction and the way the infant responds can develop into certain patterns of attachment. In the class textbook Development Through Life: A Psychosocial Approach there are four patterns of attachment behaviors that was established. The first is secure attachment. Newman &Newman (2012), states infants who have a secure attachment actively explore the laboratory setting and interact with strangers while their mothers are present (pg.164). The second is anxious-avoidant attachment. Newman & Newman (2012), states infants who show an anxious-avoidant attachment avoid contact with their mothers during the reunion segment following separation or ignore their efforts to interact (pg.165). The third is anxious-resistant attachment. Newman & Newman (2012), states infants who show an...


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...tic increase the likelihood that children in poor and low income families experience negative academic and healthy outcomes. These include: household without English speakers, large families, low parental education, residential mobility, single parent families, teen mothers, and nonemployed parents”. From the book you will notice that Leon’s mother has low parental education because she dropped out of high school at a young age and her little education that she had with her mental issues had a huge impact on her son Leon. Maria had a second son, but she never left him alone like she did with Leon. Maria catered to her other son and showed him love and affection. Her other son never had a temperament, mental, or neglect issues like Leon did. It was evident that if Leon would have had some type of therapy or intervention he would be able to regenerate a sense of trust.

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