Blog Post: Chapter 4

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?


The effectiveness or ineffectiveness of caregiving can lead a child to develop certain temperaments. Some of these temperaments include: activeness, rhythmicity or adaptability. Children that display a high activity levels or rhythmicity and are determined to be “high reactive” can show a personality which is rooted in shyness (Blewitt & Broderick 2015, p. 144). Children that show high adaptability are about to adapt to situations and handle stress better which will help them in future situation and relationships.

By having a sensitive and responsive parent, children are more likely to be have adaptive characteristics. Those children without such sensitive parenting are more likely to become avoidant or anxious, creating a more insecure bond and leading the child to be effected in future relationships in negative ways. This includes the attachment between parent and child. If the mother is not giving quality and sensitive care then the child is not getting the bonding that is necessary for them to have strong abilities to form quality bonds with others.


Blewitt, P., & Broderick, P. C. (2015). The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.

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