Sensitive Mothering Essay examples

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SENSITIVE MOTHERING IS ESSENTIAL TO THE SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHILD. DISCUSS THIS STATEMENT IN THE CONTEXT OF RELEVANT DEVELOPMENTAL THEORY
In this essay I will explain that sensitive mothering is essential to the social and emotional development of the child and I will discuss this statement in the context of relevant developmental theory.

'Sensitive mothering' is defined by Ainsworth (Brandon et al., 1999), as the interaction style between the mother or primary caregiver and the baby. It involves the ability to understand the baby's emotions and cues, creating a synchronised and attuned relationship where the baby learns to regulate her/his emotions and behaviour.

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This children have empathetic, responsive and cooperative mothers who generate a soothing and predictable environment. There is an attuned relationship between carer and child and a fluid balance between attachment and exploration. This children develop self-esteem and trust in relationships.

The other two patterns that she recognised are 'insecure attachments'. She categorised the first one as 'insecure avoidant attachment', children under this category did not show distress when the mother left the room and ignored her when she came back. Avoidant infants do not experience a sensitive mothering, when they display attachment behaviour they are rejected. Instead of receiving attention when they feel distress, cry or cling it annoys and agitates their caregiver. Therefore the child suppresses and hides his/her distress to keep closeness with their carer.(Brandon et al., 1999)

The second one is the 'anxious-ambivalent attachment'. Children with this pattern during the test were not eager to explore but to cling on their mothers, when she leaves they get very upset and when she returns it is hard to comfort them. This children have insensitive and inconsistently responsive carers, they need to exaggerate their attachment behaviour in order to get attention, crying, whining, clinging, fretting, shouting.... They are so distress and preoccupied in achieving their carers approval that they have less

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