Child Of Rage Reflection

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After viewing the video Child of Rage, many social work aspects can be seen throughout the video and can directly apply to several developmental theories. The following will analyze required human development according to Freudian Psychodynamics, Skinner’s Behaviorism and Roger’s Humanism perspectives and the contributing factors that led to Beth’s, (the focus of the film) negative early childhood development. Freud’s Psychodynamics According to Freud, “Sexual and aggressive drives are the root causes of our behavior and that early childhood is the critical period during which the individual’s personality is formed through the interaction of these drives with the socialization process within the family,” (Nye, pg. 2, 2000). That being said, Beth’s behavior can be explained based upon her severe childhood molestation combined with the neglectful acts of her birth parents. The video stated that Beth was sexually molested, on several occasions by her father and was left unattended with no positive interaction from her parents, including appropriate feeding habits. These combined factors left Beth with the inability to form secure attachment to anyone, leaving her personality void of empathy, care or concern, hence her…show more content…
This type of controlled operant conditioning would strengthen positive emotions,” (Robins, et. al., pg. 350-351). Operant conditioning reflects on what happens after a behavior occurs (Robins, et. al., pg. 349), the lack of positive reinforcement in Beth’s early childhood structured her to believe that those harmful acts (sexual abusing and physically harming others) essentially are ways one is supposed to interact with others. She was never provided a caring environment where her needs were fully met, therefore the development outcome of love, happiness, empathy, etc. never occurred; making her learned behavior seem normal to

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