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Reflecting on the New York Longitudinal Study (1977) of behavioral traits of infants, how might the effectiveness of caregiving behaviors be different for children with each temperament (name and address 3 traits specifically)? How could that affect level of attachment between caregiver/parents and child?

The effectiveness of caregiving may be different for children with various temperaments in that the child’s behavior is the basis for the caregivers behavior. a caregiver is going to react in different ways based on the temperament of the child. The book discusses how traits affect temperament. For example a child with a high activity level may be difficult for a caregiver to cope with. The book also discusses the mood trait and adaptability. The mood trait discusses how a child expresses himself such as their reaction to a particular situation. For example if a child is very attached to their caregiver and the caregiver walks away form the child, the child will become distressed and try to gain the attention of the caregiver. ¬†With adaptability, if a child goes through long periods of withdrawals from the caregiver it is interesting to see how long it takes the child to adjust without the caregiver being there.

The temperament of the child and how a caregiver reacts to the child can affect the level of attachment between the child and the caregiver. For example if a child is very active, the caregiver may not know how to deal with the child and may isolate themselves from the child. This could harm the child’s development later in life and how the child interacts with others. it also regulates the type of care that the child may need based on the temperament of the child.

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