Psychology in Action

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2. If you were forced to choose a particular age to live at for the rest of your life, which age would you choose? Why? What age would be least attractive? Why? 3. If you could control the sex of your children, what gender would you choose? Why? 4. Given the importance of attachment, what could our society do to improve the chances for secure attachment? Should we invest in better day care centers? Should both parents be allowed lengthy maternity and paternity leaves? What happens to children who are raised for several months or years in foster homes or orphanages? Do they form secure attachments? What will happen to Baby Jessica (the 2 1/2-year-old) who was taken from her adoptive parents by the biological parents? Will she form a new attachment to her biological parents? 5. Day care workers are notoriously underpaid, but if their salaries were significantly improved the cost of child care would make it even more unaffordable. What should be done in this situation? 6. Do you agree with the work of Dr. Kevorkian (his assisted suicides)? Why or why not? Would you want help if you were suffering a painful and prolonged terminal illness? 7. How do cultures differ in their expression of grief? Is there a better way to grieve? How should we train our children? Ourselves? What would you consider a "perfect way to die?'' What would be the worst way? Have you notified your friends and family what you want done with your body and possessions in the event of your death? If not, why not? What does your reluctance reveal about your family or culture's attitude toward death and dying? Instructor's Resource Guide                               Chapter 10                                          Page  56        
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  W eb S ites Child, Youth, and Family Resources on the Web CYFERnet's Web site brings together the best, children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country. Materials are carefully reviewed by college and university faculty. Through CYFERnet you can also interact with your colleagues and share your work nationally. Temperament This site offers a collection of links to resources on temperament. Attachment Home Page A good overview of attachment related material. American Psychological Association on Parenting A site that contains many links relevant to parenting issues. It is regularly up dated and quality is maintained by the American Psychological Association. Attachment Theory From the opening page: "Attachment theory is meant to describe and explain people's enduring patterns of relationships from birth to death. This domain overlaps considerably with that of Interpersonal Theory.
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