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Demonstrate your knowledge of child development by analyzing the relationship between attachment style, as outlined by Mary Ainsworth, and any one of the other topics covered in the discussions or journals in this course. Consider ways in which that topic may influence the development of attachment in childhood or adolescence. Additionally, address how one’s attachment style may impact their behavior or choices related to that topic. Finally, explain how exploring the interaction between unique features of development (such as attachment and health, or attachment and bullying) can help us in our continued learning of human development across the lifespan.
Utilize Bronfenbrenner’s ecological theory to address the topic of motivations for and influences on bullying. Using each of the 5 systems in Bronfenbrenner’s theory, identify and describe how a child’s environment might pre-dispose him or her to bully. For example, within a person’s microsystem are the parents. How might parents be an influencing factor on whether or not a child is prone to bullying? Find and report (with proper citation) one current statistic on the factors influencing school bullying behaviors. Does this statistic seem to follow the same trend supported by Bronfenbrenner’s theory? If not, explain how it challenges the theory. Then, reflect on friendships in childhood and adolescence and address the positive and negative influences that they can have on bullying behaviors. Finally, utilize problem-solving techniques in exploring developmental issues, grounded in child development, in order to provide one unique solution to reduce or completely end bullying.
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