assignment 4

Write 3–4 pages in which you explain how secure and insecure attachment affect infant development in a specific area and examine how research on infant attachment has influenced social thinking and policies.

Suggested Resources

The following optional resources are provided to support you in completing the assessment or to provide a helpful context. For additional resources, refer to the Research Resources and Supplemental Resources in the left navigation menu of your courseroom.

Capella Multimedia

Click the links provided below to view the following multimedia pieces:

  • The Mind: Infant Cognitive Development | Transcript.
  • The Mind: Social Development in Infancy | Transcript.
  • The Mind: Infant Speech Sound Development | Transcript.

Assessment Instructions

Preparation

Use the Capella library and the Internet to find scholarly and professional research studies on the effects that secure and insecure attachment have on one specific area of infant development that you will choose. You should locate at least two research articles in the library on how the quality of attachment (secure, insecure) between infant and caregiver affects areas of development and at least one professional source.

Requirements

For this assessment, you will consider how attachment affects development. Choose only one of the following areas of development to use in this assessment:

  • Neurological.
  • Emotional.
  • Social.
  • Cognitive.

In your assessment, include the following:

  • A brief overview of attachment theory that will provide the foundation for your work.
  • Identify the area of development you have chosen to examine and your reasons for this choice.
  • Explain how secure attachment impacts the area of development you identified.
  • Explain how insecure attachment impacts the area of development you identified.
  • Examine how research findings on infant attachment have influenced social thinking and social policy.
  • Based on the research you located, is there a clear connection between quality of attachment and infant development in the identified area? Be sure you use the research to support your conclusion.

Additional Requirements

  • Written communication: Your writing should be free of errors that detract from the overall message and consistent with expectations for members of the psychological professions.
  • APA formatting: Format resources and citations according to APA style.
  • Resources: Minimum of 3 scholarly or professional resources. Note: Popular resources such as Wikipedia or About.com are not considered to be appropriate.
  • Length: 3–4 typed, double-spaced pages not including title page and reference page.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12-point font.

Scoring Guide

CRITERIA NON-PERFORMANCE BASIC PROFICIENT DISTINGUISHED Explain attachment theory.Does not explain attachment theory. Explains attachment theory but omits key aspects. Explains attachment theory. Explains attachment theory and connects infant attachment to attachment at other stages of human lifespan development. Explain how secure attachment affects infant development.Does not explain how secure attachment affects infant development. Explains how secure attachment affects infant development but needs to expand key concepts. Explains how secure attachment affects infant development. Explains how secure attachment affects infant development using relevant real world examples. Explain how insecure attachment affects infant development.Does not explain how insecure attachment affects infant development. Explains how insecure attachment affects infant development but needs to expand key concepts. Explains how insecure attachment affects infant development. Explains how insecure attachment affects infant development using relevant real world examples. Examine how research findings in the area of infant attachment influence social thinking and social policy.Does not describe how research findings in the area of infant attachment influence social thinking and social policy. Describes how research findings in the area of infant attachment influence social thinking and social policy. Examines how research findings in the area of infant attachment influence social thinking and social policy. Examines how research findings in the area of infant attachment influence social thinking and social policy; provides specific, relevant examples. Analyze the research findings that examine the relationship between quality of attachment and infant development.Does not summarize the research findings that examine the relationship between quality of attachment and infant development. Summarizes the research findings that examine the relationship between quality of attachment and infant development. Analyzes the research findings that examine the relationship between quality of attachment and infant development. Evaluates the research findings that examine the relationship between quality of attachment and infant development. Write coherently to support a central idea with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics as expected of a psychology professional.Writing does not support a central idea. Does not use correct grammar, usage, and mechanics as expected of a psychology professional. Writing supports an idea but is inconsistent and contains major errors of grammar, usage, and mechanics. Writing coherently supports a central idea with few errors of grammar, usage, and mechanics. Writing is coherent, using evidence to support a central idea with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics as expected of a psychology professional. Use APA format and style.Does not use APA format and style. Uses APA format and style but inconsistently and with errors. Uses APA format and style consistently and with few errors. Uses correct APA format and style consistently and with no errors. 

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