Social Development Case Study

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Chapter 1: Theories of Social Development According to our textbook, a child goes through stages of social development. As children grow, they go through different periods in life in which they learn new ways of understanding while gaining knowledge as well as developing the way they interact with others (Clarke-Stewart & Parke, 2014, p. 4-5). Much learning is done through observation and experiences in life. During the first years of life, researchers have found that children’s learning pattern is constant to a certain point. As children get older, the learning pattern becomes less consistent due to sudden changes in life such as puberty or being part of a high social group (Clarke-Stewart & Parke, 2014, p.5). As I have experienced with…show more content…
My child was a victim of being bullied in school because other children assumed he was a spoiled brat. My child ignored the bullying behavior which led the behavior to continue. The bullying kept getting worst until the situation could not be ignored any longer. Due to high parental influence, my son knew he could come to his parents for help on how to resolve this bullying situation. The bully encountered consequences for his bullying behaviors that he did not like changing his common developmental path. The consequences taught the bully that his actions did not have a positive outcome, leading him to learn that the bullying behavior had to stop. While the bullies’ social development was influenced by the consequences of his negative behavior my child’s social development was also influenced because he learned how to handle a negative situation in a positive manner leading to positive results. These are the kinds of stages child…show more content…
Studies have shown that children with secure attachments develop strong intelligence and imaginations (Clarke-Stewart & Parke, 2014, p.118). This includes having the ability to regulate their emotions in difficult environments. “Studies also show that even adopted children with secure attachment have high levels of cognitive skills” (Clarke-Stewart & Parke, 2014, p.118). After reading about the results of the studies performed on attachment, I believe there should be more concern when it comes to leaving children in daycare or an orphanage. If the staff working in these institutions are not passionate about their jobs or are not efficiently trained to teach and care for children, then the children will most likely not be able to succeed in an environment that requires social cognitive skills and will also have emotional issues. I believe that to help children develop their social cognitive skills to their full potential, parenting quality should be reinforced. Daycares and Orphanages should also have constant involvement with the children, so they may have a better possibility of enhancing their skills. Studies show that even when parents were insecure at first, once they developed a secure attachment to their children, their children showed improvement in their social cognitive
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