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Attachment begins at an early age. This week’s lesson describes attachment as a “strong tie of affection formed between the child and the parent or main caregiver” (CHFD308, APUS). An example of that is when infants become attached to their mother by forming a special bond. When the mother feeds and holds the infant, the infant feels safe and cared for. When the infant gets hungry he/she will long for the special person that has formed a safe and loving bond with them.
It’s important for the parents and caregivers to form a trusted relationship with the infant. Parenting styles are related to many psychological outcomes for children (CHFD308, APUS). When the parent or caregiver responds to the infant with “sensitive care”, this “reduces uncertainty” for the child and helps build an attachment between the two (CHFD308, APUS). There is trust in the infant when they learn that caregivers “will respond” to his/her actions and be “comforted” (CHFD308, APUS). Children need to have healthy relationship’s and attachment with their daily caregivers for their “well-being throughout life” (CHFD308, APUS). The child’s psychological development is influenced by “biological traits and experiences in the environment” (CHFD308, APUS). Parents and caregivers are the main people that will spend the majority of their time with a child. Children that experience safe and loving attachments to others at an early age will learn to apply those experiences later in life. These positive interactions will guide them to achieve a healthy social and emotional life.
If attachment does not securely develop, the child will not trust certain people and may not feel loved or safe. Children “may withdraw and avoid social or emotional contact with others” (CHFD308, APUS). If the child does not overcome these psychosocial conflicts, the experiences can have long lasting effects on the child’s life. An example is growing up with “self doubt” as an adult (CHFD308, APUS). Obtaining “secure attachment” is important and gained through “early experiences and care” (CHFD308, APUS).
CHFD308. APUS (n.d.). Emotional and Social Development. Cognitive Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood. Retrieved from https://apus.realizeithome.com
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Thomas White(May 2, 2018 9:15 PM)- Read by: 3
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Attachment in children is a that bond they build so string with a parent, grandparent, caregiver, etc. That bond is a close one for the little child as they use that as their comfort. There a few different levels of attachment that a child could show. They have the secure attachment which is a little lesser of an attachment. The child will walk around and explore the room while the person they are attached to is present but once they leave they show signs of sadness. The next is avoidance attachment. This attachment is where they are solely attached to that one persona and they will cry and throw fits when that person is gone. There are 2 other ones but these 2 seem to be the most prominent.
Forming healthy attachments is good for the child because they are able to have those relationships with them forever as long as they carry them. It is also good for them because they will have that sense of love and people being there for them.
If they do not form attachments properly some of things that I had mentioned could happen. They could grow up developing improper relationships as well as having avoidance and not wanting to be around people etc. It is very important that we develop good and healthy relationships. You do not want them to attached because that can cause problems but you also do not want them distant. It is a fine line to walk and is important to maintain.
My son and I have developed a great bond. He is only 6 months but we have a really tight bond. He is not so much as attached to me as he can go without seeing my wife or I. However he lights up when we walk in and gets happy seeing us.
Becker-Weidman, A. (2013, November 20). The Four Patterns of Attachment in Children. Retrieved from https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/patterns-of-attachment/
Learning, L. (n.d.). Lifespan Development. Retrieved from https://courses.lumenlearning.com/suny-lifespandevelopment2/chapter/psychosocial-development-and-attachment/
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When considering your understanding of attachment from previous courses/concepts, what were you most surprised to discover when reviewing it in this course and comparing it to psychological development? What are the various components of attachment and what role can parents/caregivers take to ensure the most appropriate form?