Strange Situationuation Test Essay

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Register to read the introduction… This measured the level of attachment between the infant and the primary caregiver. She noted three distinct patterns in the babies’ reaction. One group of infants protested and cried on separation, but when the mother returned, they greeted her with pleasure and were easy to console. She labelled this group ‘securely attached’/ Type A. The second group of infants was characterized by a lack of distress during parental separation, and avoidance of the parent upon return. This group was called ‘insecurely attached and avoidant/ Type A. The third group was labelled ambivalent/ anxiously attached / Type C, and tended to be clingy from the beginning and afraid to explore the room. They became terribly anxious upon separation, yet displayed angry and resistive behaviour upon the parents return. It turned out that secure attachment was significantly co-related with maternal sensitivity. Babies of sensitive mothers tended to be securely attached, whereas babies of less sensitive mothers were more likely to be classified as …show more content…
School and social interaction play an important role during this time as children receive praise and attention for performing various tasks such as reading, writing, drawing and problem solving. Children need to cope with new social and academic demands. Success leads to a sense of competence, while failure results in feelings of inferiority.
Identity versus role confusion is the fifth stage and occurs during adolescence (12 -19). This stage is important in forming a strong identity and developing a sense of direction in life. Those who receive proper encouragement and reinforcement through personal exploration will emerge from this stage with a strong sense of self and a feeling of independence and control. Those who remain unsure of their beliefs and desires will be insecure and confused about themselves and the future.
The sixth stage is Intimacy versus isolation and takes place during adulthood. Erikson believed it was vital that people develop close, committed relationships with other people. Those successful at this step develop relationships that are committed and secure. He believed that each stage of development built on the previous stages and therefore it was imperative for a sense of strong identity to develop long lasting

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