The Is The Goodness Of Fit Theory

848 WordsMar 18, 20164 Pages
Another perspective that we can address is the goodness of fit theory which addresses the idea that a child’s development is dependent on temperament and how well the nature of the environment in which they are raised in matches with it (Feldman, 2011). Temperament is an individual’s innate personality that was instilled and never learned (Feldman, 2011). For example, since Leo’s temperament was slow-to-warm up, he resulted in very little activity levels, withdrew from social situations, and was irritated easily in the presence of unfamiliar faces (Carey, 1972). I viewed this as a pessimistic trait that he epitomized, and never realized until his depression that this was who he truly was. In attempts to “fix” what I thought was broken, I pushed him towards extracurricular activities. In reality, Leo was very introverted and became emotionally drained because of this so he always resorted to his room to be alone. Instead, I should have inspired Leo to participate in solitary activities that he enjoyed such as playing a musical instrument alone and unaccompanied activities (Carey, 1972). This scenario reinforces the importance the goodness of fit theory and balancing one’s temperament with the environment in which they grow in, otherwise there are possibilities of obstructing a child’s development by forcing them into certain situations and molding them into someone they’re not. One of the parenting choices that didn’t have any effect was when I attempted to stimulate and
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