7 Up Documentary Response Paper

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Matthew Brandt Psyc 110 4/2/13 Seven-Up Response The documentary Seven Up is a very interesting film looking into middle childhood. The film follows fourteen seven year old boys and girls from different socio-economic classes. In this paper I will explain from my view point, the differences I saw among the children. First off I would like to compare what we learned in class to the film. In class we learned during middle childhood children develop better language and grammar skills. I think the children in the film portrayed this and spoke very well for seven year olds. We also learned that boys at this age are more aggressive than girls at this age. In the film boys were shown hitting each other, and when asked about fighting most of the boys said they liked it. Most of the girls thought fighting was silly. In class we were told during middle childhood friendships were gender-segregated. I noticed this in the film, boys were friends with boys and girls with girls. Although a few did claim they had a boyfriend or girlfriend. I also noticed some of the children had developed self-efficacy. I do think socioeconomic status influences childhood development. For instance in the film when asked about plans after graduation the higher class students all had a university in mind, but the lower class children didn’t really have anything in mind. One lower class child said he wanted to be a cab driver. Also children from a higher social class tend to look down on and make fun of lower class people. When some of the higher class children were asked what they thought of the poor children they said they were sissies and gross. This behavior causes the lower class children to have low self-esteem which can cause problems for them. In the film it also seemed the children from a higher social class talked more proper. Now, I would like to talk about a few

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