Essay On Social Development

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New developmental tasks are undertaken in middle childhood and development occurs within the physical, cognitive, cultural identity, emotional, and social dimensions, Although each developmental domain is considered separately for our analytical purposes, changes in the developing child reflects the dynamic interaction continuously occurring across these dimensions. For this specific case study, I will only be discussing two of these domains, which are the social development and the physical development. Social development: The Social development task is probably the most recognized task of today; where middle childhood aged children begin to develop feelings of self-competence. Most Conventional developmentalistis believe that the average middle-childhood child searches for any opportunity to demonstrate their personal skills and abilities. According the developmental psychologist Erik Erikson (1963), he describes the developmental task of middle childhood as “industry vs. inferiority”; where industry refers to the child’s drive to learn new knowledge and skills and on the other hand, children who don’t develop a sense of industry, but rather view themselves as incapable, will likely develop a self-view of inferiority as compared to their peers. Peers: The second most influential members during middle childhood are peer groups, which follow right after family. The impact of peer groups on a child’s everyday matters such as social behavior or their day-to-day activities grow increasingly profound. At this stage of development, the need for belonging in a group is very strong. Although individual friendships aid the development of demanding characteristics such as intimacy and trust, peer groups encourage the development in ... ... middle of paper ... ... participate in activities even though he was not very successful. Soon after, Ali discovered his passion for football, as it was a sport that overlooked his disabilities and also a sport he could excel at. This then resulted in a multiplier effect where he gained back his confidence and self-esteem. In conclusion, Ali had a very troubling childhood and instead of letting it bring him down he found ways to overcome his difficulties, helping him through his childhood, which also aided him with his transition to young adulthood. Bowlby’s attachment theory played a prominent role in Ali’s life as he eventually grew to be very close to his Mother. Although he experienced the social and physical development later than an average child would, the developments were still significant in his transition, allowing him to grow into a confident, independent and successful man.
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