Sep 15., 2016 / Blog
Reflecting on the New York Longitudinal Study (1977) of behavioral traits of infants, how might the effectiveness of caregiving behaviors be different for children with each temperament (name and address 3 traits specifically)? How could that affect level of attachment between caregiver/parents and child?
Infants and their primary caregivers form different kinds of attachments with each other. The attachment quality can differ depending on the child’s temperament. Easy babies are more placid, less active and more positive. These are the easiest babies to care for. The slow-to-warm up babies are somewhat fearful and they show more wariness in new situations. However, these babies are less intense and negative than difficult babies. Difficult babies are more fearful and more active. They are more irritable and display less positive affect.
Parents have a better experience with their child when the temperament is easy, leaving parents less stressed. Parents with difficult children had a harder time with their children and required more time and consistency with them. Parents with slow-to-warm up babies had to work harder than parents with children that had easy temperaments, but had an easier time adjusting to their needs than parents with difficult babies.