from the life of a teacher

Positive Effects of Research November 19, 2011

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Research has many positive effects on children and/or families.

A family I know has felt the effects of research within their own family. Their young son (he is four years old) has recently been diagnosed with Lyme’s disease. Yet, before this diagnosis his parents were baffled at what was wrong with their son. After many trips to the doctor and nothing changing they began researching what diseases and sicknesses coincided with his symptoms. After much research they finally came across one article that listed most of the same symptoms their son had. The research article described the severity of each symptom. They scheduled another appointment at the doctor and brought the research they had found with them. It was with this article that they were able to get referred to the best Lyme disease doctor in the country. After waiting a few months for an appointment they finally saw the doctor and found out their son did indeed have Lyme disease.
They have spoken a ton since this diagnosis on the need for more research finding on the disease and how to treat the disease. With more research they can hope to make more people aware about the disease. Further, they can find better ways to treat the disease. Without  the research article they may still be looking for answers. Thankfully, now they are working on treatment plans for their little boy. As research is still very limited on treating children as young as their son, both the family and doctors are still looking for answers. Some of these answers will come through future research.


Research Topic November 11, 2011

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For my research topic I have chosen to study the factors that influence what type of attachment a young child forms.  I chose this topic for personal and professional reasons. Personally because my husband and I are in the process of adopting a child. Therefore, I am very interested in what can influence attachments. I have heard from several acquaintances that some adopted children have trouble forming secure attachments. From a professional standpoint I have worked with several children who have not formed secure attachments. As a kindergarten teacher I witness children who have a very hard time seeing their parents leave each morning. Some have only struggled with this for a short time and others have struggled more severely for months on end. I am very interested to learn what types of factors influence this transitional struggle for them.

Surprisingly I have had a hard time finding articles. When I used the Walden Library I went to Proquest and would type in secure/ insecure attachments in young children as my subject line and no results would be found.  After lots and lots of searching and changing around words at the subject I finally found 3 articles.

I have already begun learning new insights about secure and insecure attachments in young children.  I learned that the state of mind a parent has in regards to their own upbringing and relationships with figures of attachment can strongly influence the type of attachment their infant forms (Barnett, Clements, Kaplan-Estrin, McCaskill,  Hunt, Butler,  Schram, & Janisse, 2006). I have also learned that attachments are heavily influenced by the sensitivity of a caregiver ( Wai-Wan & Green, 2009).

I would love to know if anyone has any tips on how I can find a greater number of articles on this topic? Which search engine do you use? Is there a certain way you type in the information you want to find?

I seemed to have an easier time on the multidisciplinary search engines than the ones only limited to one area of concentration.


Barnett, D., Clements, M., Kaplan-Estrin, M., McCaskill, J. W., Hunt, K., Butler, C., Schram, J. L., & Janisse, H. C. (2006). Maternal resolution of child diagnosis: stability and relations with child attachment across the toddler to preschooler transition. Journal of Family Psychology, 20(1), 1-8.

Wai-Wan, M., & Green, J. (2009). The impact of maternal psychopathology on child-mother attachment. Women’s Mental Health, 12, 1-13.