Project 3 - Schlack |1 Nicole Schlack English 101 Section...

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S c h l a c k | 1 Nicole Schlack English 101 Section 48 Ms. Baldwin-Garcia Project 3 November 5, 2007 Maternal Attachment Maternal attachment deals with the theory of attachment between children and their maternal figure, whether it is their birth mother or adoptive mother. Four different attachment styles have been identified in children: secure, anxious-ambivalent, anxious-avoidant, and disorganized. Secure Attachment is where the child protests the mother's departure and quiets promptly on the mother's return, accepting comfort from her and returning to exploration. Securely attached children are best able to explore when they have the knowledge of a secure base to return to in times of need. When assistance is given, this bolsters the sense of security and also, assuming the parent's assistance is helpful, educates the child in how to cope with the same problem in the future. Therefore, secure attachment can be seen as the most adaptive attachment style. According to some psychological researchers, a child becomes securely attached when the parent is available and able to meet the needs of the child in a responsive and appropriate manner. Others have pointed out that there are also other determinants of the child's attachment and that behavior of the parent may in turn be influenced by the child's behavior. Avoidant Attachment is where the child shows little to no signs of distress at the mother's departure, a willingness to explore the toys, and little to no visible response to the mother's return. Ambivalent Attachment is where the child shows sadness on the mother's departure,
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S c h l a c k | 2 ability to be picked up by the stranger and even warm to the stranger, and on the mother's return, some ambivalence, signs of anger, reluctance to warm to her and return to play. This style of attachment develops from a parenting style which is more disengaged. The child's needs are frequently not met and the child comes to believe that communication of needs has no influence on the parent. Disorganized Attachment is where the child presents stereotypes upon the mother's return after separation, such as freezing for several seconds or rocking. This appears to indicate the child's lack of coherent coping strategy. Children who are classified as disorganized are also given a classification as secure, ambivalent or avoidant based on their overall reunion behavior (Wikipedia, 2007). Children suffering from maternal attachment deal with emotional problems (low self- esteem; needy, clingy or pseudo-independent behavior; inability to deal with stress and adversity; depression; apathy), Social problems (lack of self-control; inability to develop and maintain friendships; alienation from parents, caregivers, and other authority figures; aggression and violence; difficulty with genuine trust, intimacy, and affection; lack of empathy, compassion and remorse; negative, hopeless, pessimistic view of self, family and society), and Learning problems (behavioral problems at school; speech and language problems; incessant chatter and
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