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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 three behavioral traits of infants include difficult babies, easy babies, and slow-to-warm-up babies. Depending on the trait the child has will influence the attachment between the child and their caregiver.

Difficult babies are those with low temperament, become fearful more easily, and areĀ irritable. Parents with difficult babies have a harder time building attachment, however, if parents are given support and increase their parenting skills, attachment can be assisted.

Easy babies are on the other side of the spectrum, they are more calm, display more positive affect, and are not as irritable as difficult babies. Attachment concerning these babies are much easier to establish and require less effort in regards to parents.

Slow-to-warm-up babies are in the middle of the aforementioned extremes. They do not present themselves as calmly as the easy babies and are more pron to irritable behavior. however, as long as the caregiver practices satisfactory care giving skills, the child traditionally grows out of the irritable behavior and well adjusted attachment can be made.

With each trait, it all depends on the goodness of fit in regards to the parents. Regardless of what trait the baby has, when proper care giving is applied, attachment can be obtained. However, if the proper care giving is not applied, then the temperament traits can then cause behavioral issues in adolescents.

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