Psych 320 Mini Paper 1

Psych 320 Mini Paper 1 - Caitlin Dekker Psych 320 Lovely...

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Caitlin Dekker Psych 320 Lovely Little Lorelei Both environmental and genetic factors contribute to the development and well-being of a child. The decisions parents make in regards to how they will raise their child in addition to the genes they have passed on can help or hinder the child’s developmental progression. My virtual child, Lorelei, exhibits physical development patterns, an easy temperament, and a secure attachment to her parents as a product of the environment and genetics. Although she struggled to gain weight shortly after birth and even lost weight in the first 3 weeks, Lorelei now weighs a healthy amount. This is likely due to being breastfed which provides important nutrients and health advantages for the baby as opposed to formula (Berk, 2012, p. 175). Despite being breastfed, Lorelei has had digestion problems and is susceptible to seasonal colds. At eight months she had diarrhea so I decided to gradually introduce solid foods, hoping this would soothe her digestion. If I had decided not to breast feed Lorelei, her digestion problems would be considerably worse and she would probably have contracted even more diseases because nursing helps fight infections by transferring antibodies from mother to child, improving the immune
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