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6102 - Rearing and attachment behaviour in a Huastecan community

For about one-hundred years, the Western / industrialized world's literature on developmental psychology and educational science has been dealing with various types of mother-child relationships. Basic trust and attachment behavior will develop depending on how toddlers needs are catered to. The desire to explore will correlate to the attachment behaviour. The feeling that it may rely on someone, that its caregiver is reliable, will allow the child to rely on itself. This will in turn support the development of the self-concept, the knowledge about its own capabilities and skills. The perception, that it is conductive to a child's socialization if it is incorporated into the adults' everyday life, has only rather recently reappeared in the Western societies. Since then, the parents' interaction with the child has been a continuous balancing between caring, setting limits, and letting go. A child's growing up as part of the family is considered the most important factor for a positive development. This study will demonstrate and describe the characteristics of the mother and child relationship and the relationships among siblings in Huastec families of San Luís Potosí. The subject children are between two and three years old and have been observed for a period of one year.

Keywords: Attachment behaviour, Huastec Maya, toddlers

Author: Roiser, Cornelia (none, Austria / Österreich)
Co-Author: Pfeiler, Barbara (UNAM, Merida, Yuc., Mexico / Mexiko)

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