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Powerpoint slide set westen psychology 2e

Psychology: Brain, Mind, and Culture, 2ebyDrew Westen

Paul J. Wellman

Texas A&M University

John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

PowerPoint  Presentation: Chapter 14

Social Development

Lecture outline
Lecture Outline

  • Social Development

  • Attachment

  • Socialization

  • Social Cognition

  • Moral Development

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Social development
Social Development

  • Social Development encompasses the changes in feeling, interpersonal thought, and behavior across the lifespan

  • Critical issues in social development include

    • Attachment and its implication for adult functioning

    • Socialization by parents and peers

    • Changes in moral reasoning

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  • Attachment refers to an enduring emotional tie between child and caretaker

  • Attachment involves

    • Desire of the child to be close to the caretaker

    • A sense of security around the caretaker

    • Feelings of distress when the caretaker is absent

  • Early attachment theories noted that attachment usually is between mother and child and may reflect feeding of the child by the mother

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Harlow s studies of contact comfort
Harlow’s Studies of “Contact Comfort”

  • Infant monkeys were raised in isolation (to avoid disease) and were housed with artificial mothers

    • The monkeys could choose between a wire-mesh “monkey” that provided food or a “mother” covered in terry cloth that did not provide food

      • Harlow noted that the infants clung to the terry cloth mother as though “attached” to that mother

      • These results did not support the idea that attachment is based on feeding

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Origin and functions of attachment
Origin and Functions of Attachment

  • Imprinting is the tendency of young animals to follow an animal to which they were exposed during a sensitive period

  • Bowlby argued that attachment resembles imprinting in that both keep an immature animal close to its caretaker

    • More likely to be fed, protected from predators, and to be taught life skills

    • Young are comforted by the caretaker and are distressed in its absence

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Attachment measurement
Attachment Measurement

  • Strange Situation experiment:

    • Mother leaves her child (12-18 months of age) alone in a room of toys

    • A stranger enters the room for a while

    • Mother rejoins her child

  • Mary Ainsworth used this paradigm to assess attachment in the child

  • Issue was the reaction of the child to the mother upon her leaving and return

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Attachment patterns
Attachment Patterns

  • The Strange Situation reveals 4 patterns of attachment :

    • Securely attached: Child welcomes the mothers return and seeks closeness to her

    • Avoidant: Child ignores the mother

    • Ambivalently attached: Child exhibits anger at the mother while seeking to be close to her

    • Disorganized: Child may approach the other but gaze away from her, and may show odd motor behavior (rocking) and dazed facial expressions

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Determinants of attachment
Determinants of Attachment

  • Biological: Separation from the caretaker results in distress

    • The neurotransmitter norepinephrine is increased in infants during separation

  • Environmental: The sensitivity of the mother to her infant

    • Mother interacts with infant

    • Mother provides nurturance

    • Mother stimulates and encourages infant

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Separation anxiety
Separation Anxiety

(Figure adapted from Kagan, 1983, p. 198)

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Adult attachment
Adult Attachment

  • An issue is whether childhood attachment patterns are evident in adulthood

    • Researchers find evidence of childhood attachment patterns in adulthood

      • Secure attachment pattern is evident in 60%

      • Avoidant pattern in 25% of adults

      • Anxious attachment is evident in 10% of adults

  • Adult attachment patterns predict

    • Whether people want to have children

    • The attachment pattern of their children

    • How people cope with stressful life events

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Modifiability of early attachment patterns
Modifiability of Early Attachment Patterns

  • Will early attachment problems always result in adult attachment difficulty?

    • Harlow noted that isolated monkeys with poor attachment made for poor parents

    • This infant offspring of an isolated mother were ignored or abused

    • Harlow noted that the poor social skills of an isolate monkey could be helped if the monkey was housed with a normal juvenile monkey who served to teach social skills

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  • Socialization refers to the process by which children learn the beliefs, values, skills, and behavior patterns of their culture

  • Issues in socialization:

    • Socialization is interactive

    • Socialization is a life-long process

    • Children are biologically prepared for socialization

    • Socialization is both explicit and implicit

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Parents as socialization agents
Parents as Socialization Agents

  • Styles of parenting:

    • Authoritarian: Place a high value on obedience and respect for authority

    • Permissive: Impose minimal controls on their children

    • Authoritative: Enforce standards, but encourage verbal give-and-take

  • Parenting style affects children’s behavior

    • Authoritarian parents produce children with low independence, low self-esteem, and an external locus of control

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Peers as socializing agents
Peers as Socializing Agents

  • Childhood friendship is mostly with same-sex person

  • Meaning of friendship changes with age

    • Gratification from friends is important for young children

    • Older children focus on intimacy with friends

      • Self-disclosure and mutual understanding

  • Time spent with peers increases with age while time spent with parents decreases into the teen years

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Peer status
Peer Status

  • Children develop different status relationships with their peers

  • Peer relations can be measured using a “peer nomination” method

    • “Write down the names of the children you like or dislike”

    • Rejected children are disliked by their peers

      • Show low self-esteem later in life

    • Neglected children are not mentioned as either liked or disliked

      • Show better academic performance in school

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Socialization of gender
Socialization of Gender

  • Gender refers to the psychological meaning of being male or female

  • Gender roles specify the range of behaviors considered appropriate for females and for males

  • Gender schemas refer to mental representations that differentiate one sex from another

    • “Men are more aggressive”

    • “Women are more nurturing”

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Gender differences in aggression
Gender Differences in Aggression

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Social cognition
Social Cognition

  • Self concept refers to an organized view of ourselves

  • Methods of assessing self-concept in preverbal children:

    • Visual self-recognition test:

      • Place a spot of paint on the infants nose and then show the infant their reflection in a mirror

      • If the infant reaches for their nose, the inference is that they recognize that the mirror is a reflection of their self

      • Visual self-recognition is evident by 15-24 months of age

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Moral development
Moral Development

  • Morality refers to the rules that people use to balance the conflicting interests of themselves and others

  • Kohlberg’s views on moral reasoning:

    • Changes in moral reasoning reflect changes in cognitive structures

    • Children actively construct their moral reality

    • Moral development can be assessed using moral dilemmas (“Heinz and the druggist”)

    • Moral development occurs in three stages

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Kohlberg s stages of moral development
Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Development

Level Issues

Preconventional Concern on avoiding punishment

and obtaining reward

Conventional Concern on meeting moral standards

learned from others; maintaining

law and order

Postconventional Concern on abstract, carefully

considered principles

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Information processing view of moral development
Information Processing View of Moral Development

(Figure adapted from Darley & Schultz, 1990, p. 532).

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Psychosocial theory of development
Psychosocial Theory of Development

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