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Attachment, Emotions, and Traumatic Experiences

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Using the film Radio Flyer, as an example, respond to the following related to the child and the primary adult in the family:

- Characterize the observed attachment style of the child. Discuss briefly how the interaction between the adult and the child in question has informed your choice—give examples.

- Discuss the intra-familial dynamic that created the attachment process. Elaborate on whether or not that process is disruptive, dysfunctional, et cetera, as well as why you feel that way.

- Detail how traumatic experiences, such as abuse, neglect, illness, or some other form of interaction (such as parental over-involvement), have contributed to the adaptation (or maladaptation) observed in the film family.

Radio Flyer (latency age children, child abuse, addiction, family violence)

Two brothers are the victims of their widowed mother's violent drunkard husband who spares no rod with the youngest brother. Reverting to a world of make-believe, they imagine that their Radio Flyer wagon can fly and that in it they can escape their tormenting stepfather. This film deals with the serious issue of child abuse in a way that also captures the thinking of a child
(Allmovie.com).

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*Using the film Radio Flyer, as an example, respond to the following related to the child and the primary adult in the family:
Two brothers are the victims of their widowed mother's violent drunkard husband who spares no rod with the youngest brother. Reverting to a world of make-believe, they imagine that their Radio Flyer wagon can fly and that in it they can escape their tormenting stepfather. This film deals with the serious issue of child abuse in a way that also captures the thinking of a child
(Allmovie.com).

(1) Characterize the observed attachment style of the child. Discuss briefly how the interaction between the adult and the child in question has informed your choice—give examples.

Based on the Radio Flyer video (I was only able to view the trailer), the observed attachment style of the two boys could be suggested as Insecure-Resistant Attachment-- infants became extremely upset when left by the primary caregiver. When she returned the infant alternately sought contact and then actively pushed her away. For example, it ...

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This solution is focused on a video of child abuse and the attachment, and the traumatic experiences of the child is discussed

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