Attachment and Temperament
I. Option one.
1. For each of the three types of temperament children can have (easy child, difficult child, slow-to-warm-up child) answer the following questions using what you know about the different dimensions that define temperament.
a. How would you expect the child to react to a stranger?
b. How would you expect the child to react to mom's leaving?
c. How would you expect a child to react to a new toy presented by a stranger in the absence of mom?
d. How would you expect the child to react to mom's return?
2. With this in mind, do you expect a difference in the patterns of attachment presented by the three kinds of children? For each temperament explain why or why not.
II. Option two.
1. Think about the different temperaments we talked about in class. Think about the different situations involved in the Strange Situation experiment. Would you expect children with different temperaments to react differently? Give an example.
2. Compare the percentages of children classified as Easy/Difficult/Slow-to-warmup and the percentages of children classified as Securely-Attached/Resistant/Avoidant. Do they match? Is it possible that some children are being incorrectly classified as insecurely attached because of their temperament?
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