The Theory of Child Development

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The theory of child development, Temperament, is what this case study is based off of. Temperament is a person’s style of reacting to the world and relating to others. I will be judging “Alice” on the nine temperament traits on a ten point scale. Alice is my 2 year old cousin who knows me well because I frequently babysit her. I recently observed her personality on the nine traits. These traits include; intensity, persistence, sensitivity, perceptiveness, adaptability, regularity, energy, first reaction, and mood. Alice lives in a blended household with her parents “Amber” and “Alex” along with her half-sister “Abby”. Amber and Alex have been married for 5 years and both have a 4 year college degree. Alice is Amber’s first child and Alex’s second. Alex was previously married and had Abby, who is now 10 years old. Abby lives with them half of the time and Alice absolutely adores her. Amber only works part-time, so Alice is not in day care. The days that Amber does work, Alice is babysat by her aunt, “Gabby”. Gabby has two children of her own, around Alice’s age, who she loves to play with. Alice lives in a safe and friendly neighborhood that has many other young kids and new families. The first Temperament trait I observed Alice on was intensity. This is a trait that tests a child’s emotional responses to an event or to others. To test this theory I performed two experiments. For the first one, I observed how she acted when Amber and Abby left. When

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