How do I know if I am a good caregiver for my child?
The attachment patterns between infants and caregivers can be measured in early childhood and there are categories used in these measurements. The name of the category is “Partner relationships” and the attachment pattern can be measured by “security”, “comfort” and “protection”. There the child wants to stay close to the caregiver because the child seeks security. Parents give care and protection after that the child can differentiate between secure persons and strangers.
For instance, if your child sees his uncle for the first time in his life and the child age is between one year to 5 years and the child shows love directly to the uncle then that means that the relationship between the caregiver and the child is less secure and if the child shows less love or interaction to the uncle then we can conclude that the relationship between the caregiver and the child is very secure. Children with a secure attachment in their first year of life develop better relationships with their parents and friends later. Also, when children interacting with their parents, then the children develop the ability to deal with emotionally stressful situations.
Risk factors in families/parents for insecure attachment during infancy.
When the mother is depressed, more often she experiences her child as irksome and that can give negative feelings towards the infant or child. Also, Separation and the lack of interaction between the child and family as well as parental alcohol use disorders because that can negatively affect the family situation during childhood.
Three potential negative consequences of the least favourable attachment pattern in infancy on the health and well-being of the child in pre-school years.
Sharing worries, fears, and aggressiveness in children at school due to the lack of emotional control as well as when the child prefers to stay outside of the home for a long time is the most visible sign on the child. Moreover, the consequences of these sighs could lead to difficultly in concentration and learning at the school.
A targeted intervention that can be implemented by health services to promote favorable attachment in families at risk.
Any program should start from the quality of parent-child interaction because that has a significant bearing on the child’s continued psychological development and wellbeing. Also, identifying and treating depression in mothers with infants. Even the child must spend an equal or substantial amount of time in the parents’’ respective homes’.