Observations of Parent-Child Interactions and Temperament

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Observations of Parent-Child Interactions and Temperament

Psychology 223

January 23, 2013

Temperament is defined as the features of your personality that are present at birth and have a genetic/biological basis. Your temperament, or basic disposition, interacts with environmental influences to create your personality (Salters-Pedneault, 2010). Temperament is a behavioral style that shows the how of behavior, rather than the what or why. Temperamental differences are present at birth; they influence how children behave toward individuals and objects in their environments and how they are affected by the environment (Behavioral-Development Initiatives, 1996-2012). Temperament originates in genes and
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The father gave the child a stern look and the child cowered. The child went from a whiny behavior to asking for candy politely. The father did not give in to the child and the child left with him without another peep.
In the first scenario the child displayed an easy temperament. This was easily determined by the child’s behavior of being polite, respectful, and not acting out negatively in any way. The easy child is generally in a positive mood, quickly establishing regular routines in infancy and adapts easily to new experiences (Speaks-Fold, 2008). In determining the pattern the child and mother interacted positively with one another. The mother displayed an authoritative parenting style by not being distracted from the child by being on the phone and nurtured the child’s needs. The mother being accommodating of the child’s needs and questions determined a “good fit” for the child in 5 to 10 years to grow up being more responsible and assertive. The second scenario differs significantly from the first by the child’s temperament and the parenting style observed. The young boy in the second scenario would be classified as a difficult temperament. The Difficult Child tends to react negatively and cry frequently, engaging in irregular daily routines and is slow to accept new experiences (Speaks-Fold, 2008). The parenting style observed was uninvolved. The family did not attempt to nurture the child


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