Being A Youth Mentor, Future Social Worker, And Concerned Citizen

1823 WordsDec 3, 20168 Pages
I choose to research representations of insecure attachments in children of incarcerated mothers. This is an issue of both personal and societal important to me as a youth mentor, future social worker, and concerned citizen. Since 2014, I have worked worked as a summer camp counselor of children aged five to 13 in my hometown of New Kensington. The summer camp is organized by a non-profit to facilitate conflict-resolution skills in children who are aggressive or anti-social in school and other settings. These children have multiple odds stacked against them: race (most are African-American), economic status, and unstable surrounding all contribute to their life experiences. I was taken aback when I discovered how many of the campers had an incarcerated mother, father, or both. Along with displaying aggressive behavior, most of the campers had difficulty bonding with their peers, caregivers, and camp counselors. In the fields of psychology and social work, these are textbook signs of insecure attachment. Much of my time as a camp counselor was spent working to foster acceptance and affection in children who often don’t receive any at home. Beyond anecdotal evidence, the role of an absent mother in insecure attachments has been explored extensively by researchers. The research I reviewed can be categorized as initial research on insecure attachments and their implications, and more specific to the population I researched, insecure attachments in the children of incarcerated
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