4.6 Social Interaction in Early Childhood: Can you Identify factors that hamper formation of attachment between parents and their  children?

 

4.6 Identify factors that hamper formation of attachment between parents and their  children

FACTORS THAT HAMPER PARENT TO CHILD ATTACHMENT

Attachment between parents and their babies does not develop in a vacuum. Sometimes parents fail to develop an affectionate bond with their children. This may be as a result of some of the following factors:

  1. Absence of the parent: when the parent is not available due to other commitments
  2. Divorce and single-parenthood: the child lives with one parent
  3. Abandonment: the child depends on well- wishers
  4. Severe poverty : this may preoccupy the parent, leaving no ‘space’ for the child
  5. Death: when a parent is naturally absent in a baby’s life
  6. Cultural beliefs: when culture requires the parent to be away from the baby
  7. National instability: this often causes families’ disintegration.
  8. Children impairment: the child may not be able to reciprocate in interaction overtures
  9. Domestic violence: this may stress the parents
  10. Health problems of the parent: when a parent is too incapacitated to interact with the child
  11. Background of the parent: some parents were treated with hostility as children and do not know of any other way of relating with children.
  12. Psychological problems:  emotional instability and depression inhibit normal interaction
  13. Drug Abuse: a parent may be too addicted to interact with the child
  14. Sex preference: some parents ignore babies of the ‘unwanted sex.’
  15. The parenting style or temperament: there are parents who by philosophy or nature are self centred.
  16. The number of siblings: this depends on how parents’ attention is divided.

 

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