ass #3 - In The Problem with Evan, we learned about a...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
In The Problem with Evan , we learned about a troubled boy and his relationship with his family. At age four, Evan was classified a “conduct disordered,” and it only got worse from there. At age eleven, he was often suspended from school for playing pranks, such as putting paint into his teacher’s coffee or smoking on school grounds. Letters were frequently sent home to notify his mother Karen and stepfather Mike about his aggressive behavior. (The Problem with Evan, 1994). He seems like a good kid on the outside, so what is the source of Evan’s resentment? In “Discovering Love,” Harry Harlow performed an experiment to evaluate the relationship between a mother and her child. Although a mother can provide primary needs such as hunger, thirst, and avoidance of pain, love develops as a secondary need. When compared to a wire mesh mother, the monkeys preferred a cloth mother, even if she didn’t provide milk. This is what Harlow calls contact comfort. His research found that bonding with the cloth mother was more important to the young monkeys than her ability to provide a primary need. The monkeys even became healthier, physically and psychologically when contact comfort was provided. (Harlow, 1958). In comparison to the monkeys, when there is a lack of contact comfort, Evan becomes angry, emotionally unstable, and agitated. Evan doesn’t receive hugs or attention from his mother or stepfather. As a result, he strives for their attention. Earning good grades at school doesn’t seem to be good enough, so he gets into trouble in order to receive negative attention. Although he knows there will be consequences for his mischief, he says he would rather have negative attention from his parents than none at all. (The Trouble with Evan, 1994). When Mike and Karen visited residents of the Portage Program, they revealed how they felt about affection from their own parents.
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Their advice was to give Evan lots of hugs a day and say, “I love you.”
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 01/05/2012 for the course PSYCH 111 taught by Professor Schreier during the Winter '08 term at University of Michigan.

Page1 / 5

ass #3 - In The Problem with Evan, we learned about a...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online