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Unformatted text preview: with the lecture on attachment styles and the children. I can hypothesize about some of the children and their attachment styles with their parents. I was suspecting that Helena might have an insecure/resistant attachment because of how she clings to me. Another challenge for this site is how they talk to the children. Many of the children are highly rambunctious and energetic, and don’t listen well, I’ll give them that. But most of the staff has a problem of just yelling, screaming at the kids. I don’t think that this is the best way to communicate with the children, especially because these are at- risk youth, more than likely many other people in their life are already yelling at them, they hear it everywhere, they don’t need to hear it at BUILD. It reminds me of the authoritarian style of parenting, like we discussed in class. I definitely try to be an authoritative figure with these kids. In our textbook, Exploring Psychology, we can see that developmental psychology explains why children are not able to understand things like adults are, and why this frustrates the staff and can cause them to yell at the students. Module 10 discusses developmental psychology, and on page 142 we see an explanation for this. Children are not passive receptacles waiting to be filled with knowledge, better to build on what they already know. The module also asserts that adults should accept children’s cognitive immaturity as adaptive. Page 8 MODEL JOURNAL Through this immaturity, children stay close to adults, which provides them more time to socialize and learn. The staff need to remember this when we get frustrated by how the kids act. BUILD’s summer program is located in Humboldt Park, which is a highly diverse neighborhood. The ethnicity of most of the children (80- 90%) is Hispanic or African American. The Caucasian children are the minority at BUILD. Humboldt Park is also not known for being one of the richer neighborhoods of Chicago, and that is reflected in BUILD’s mission statement. They help at- risk youth to stay out of gangs, drugs, and other negative things through life skills training and through being helpful adult mentors. After looking at how many of the children at BUILD are living in a low- income environment, I went to check out the book to see what it would say on the issue. In Module 33, there is a section that discusses wealth and well- being. On page 445, I learned that it is essential for happiness to have enough money for comfort and security, which many of these students don’t have. They worry about where there next meal will come from, which p...
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