Observations of Parent-Child Interactions and Temperament Essay

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| Observations of Parent-Child Interactions and Temperament Psychology 223 January 23, 2013 | Temperament is defined as the features of your personality that are present at birth and have a genetic/biological basis. Your temperament, or basic disposition, interacts with environmental influences to create your personality (Salters-Pedneault, 2010). Temperament is a behavioral style that shows the how of behavior, rather than the what or why. Temperamental differences are present at birth; they influence how children behave toward individuals and objects in their environments and how they are affected by the environment (Behavioral-Development Initiatives, 1996-2012). Temperament originates in genes and…show more content…
They sat down in a booth to eat and the interaction continued. It was observed that the young girl was very polite and respectful and the mother did not use a cell phone during the interaction. Once they finished eating, the young girl helped her mother clean up the table and left the restaurant hand-in-hand. Second scenario observed was at the Greentree Mall at Texas Roadhouse when a mother, father, and young boy were ordering dinner. The waitress brought crayons and paper for the child. Both parents were using their cell phones adamantly. Once the food arrived at the table, the mother reached over and took the crayons and paper from her son. The young boy began screaming and demanding the crayons and paper back. The mother was saying “no” to the boy and he continued to scream as the parents attempted to appease the boy by returning the crayons or ignoring the negative behaviors. The behavior continued to the point that others patrons were complaining and the family was ultimately asked to leave the restaurant. Third scenario took place within Wal-Mart standing in the checkout line. A young boy was sitting in the shopping cart and wanted to be put down on the ground by his father. The father continued to state “no” to the young boy. The young boy pouted and eyes filled with tears for a moment. With the father’s reassurance, the young boy ceased whining and focused his attention on the

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