Sensitive Mothering Is Essential to the Social and Emotional Development of the Child. Discuss This Statement in Context of Relevant Developmental Theory. Essay

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MONTESSORI CENTRE INTERNATIONAL 18 Balderton Street, London W1K 6TG, United Kingdom Tel 00 44(0) 20 7493 8300 ( Fax 00 44 (0) 20 7629 7808 www.montessori.org.uk TITLE SHEET for Distance Learning Students Is English your first language: No STUDENT NAME: Heintz Ulrike STUDENT NO: 33509 NAME OF MARKER: Jan Holloway DATE OF SUBMISSION: 04.09.2014 ASSIGNMENT NO: 5 NO. OF WORDS: 2100 BIBLIOGRAPHY ENCLOSED: Yes I declare that thus work is my own and the work of others is acknowledged by quotation or correct referencing. I declare that this work has not been copied from another student(s) past or present at this or any other educational institution, or from any other source such as the internet. Name: Ulrike Heintz Date: 04.09.2014 |Sensitive mothering is essential to the social and emotional development of the child. Discuss this statement in context of relevant developmental theory. | The aim of this paper is to examine the importance of ‘sensitive mothering‘(Ainsworth in Smith, Cowie & Blades, 2003) in the social and emotional development of children. Developmental theories, such as Bowlby’s attachment theory (Bowlby, 1988), Ainsworth’s research, Erik Erikson’s psychological stages of personality (and other relevant research will be discussed to create an understanding of how the bond between mother/primary caregiver and child is essential for a healthy mental and social development. Furthermore, research that considers how early attachment impacts on the social and emotional development of 3-5 year olds and adults will be determined. Mary Ainsworth and other intellects investigated the process of mothering and how it affects the child’s attachment towards the mother/caregiver. Ainsworth distinguished between ‘sensitive’ and ‘insensitive’ mothering style (Sylva &Lunt, 1989). A

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