Howthe Amount of Time That a Parent Spends With a Child Affects theBehavior of the Child
Howthe Amount of Time That a Parent Spends With a Child Affects theBehavior of the Child
Thetime parents spend with their children directly links to theirbehavior. Children who are neglected by their parents tend to be moreemotional and throw tantrums regularly (Harris, 2011). Children whoseparents shower them with attention can control their emotions and airtheir concerns in a calm way. How then does the amount of time oftime a parent spend with a child affect their behavior?
Issueand Person description
Thepurpose of this study is to determine the behavior of a child inrelation to the presence of a parent. The target participants of thisstudy are children between the ages of 0-5 years. The subject of thestudy was a client’s 3-year-old daughter the parent recorded thechanges in her behavior on a data- sheet that she developed. Theclient evaluated her daughter’s tantrums while receiving a normalamount of attention, and then she started changing the amounts oftime she spent with the daughter. The time she spends away from thechild is two days after that, the client continuously spends timewith the child. The child throws tantrums more when she is away fromher. The client works from home, which makes it easy to monitor thechild and record in the data-sheet. The child is not of schoolattending age she is in perfect physical health condition. The childexperienced outbursts that are more emotional when the client spentless time with her. Spending more time with the child seems to be thesolution to the problem. Now that the client knows that tantrums area way the child asks for attention, she will be more attentive. Whenchildren are growing up, they feel like the parents can relate withtheir problems (Zastrow & Krist Ashman, 2015). Throwing tantrumsis a way they seek attention from their parents when they feelneglected. The problem stems from lack of attention by the parentsthe reason is that parents are responsible for the social andemotional development of their children (Frick & Kamphaus, 2014).Parents act as role models to their children as such, it isimperative that they regularly spend time with them (Zastrow &Krist-Ashman, 015). Many children in the present day lack moralssince parents had no time to inculcate values in them. It is easierto teach children good morals while they are still young compared towhen they grow older. The time parents spend with their childrenpositively affects their behavior since they love the attention theyget. When children spend their time away from parents, they tend tohave frequent emotional outbursts and tantrums.
Thedependent variables in the case study are the intensity of thetantrums that the child had. The tantrums not only depend on theattention shown to the child but other factors like hunger andfatigue. These factors may lead to errors in the results of thestudy. The study targeted irrational behavior portrayed by the childin the presence or absence of the parents. The behavior isoperationalized in form of a personal scale. The severity of thetantrums was measured on a 1-10 scale, 10 being the most intense and1 being normal behavior. The behavior is computed using apersonalized scale. The emotions of the child are gauged better withthe scale since the client can easily give the overall measurement ofsentiments she has on the daughter’s behavior. Another instrumentused in the study is the data-sheet utilized to record the results ofthe research. The technical property of personalized scale is numbersfrom 1-10 that measure intensity of emotions. The gains made from thestudy could improve if the variables that could lead to alternateconclusion were controlled in a better way. The variable was theintensity in the tantrums of the baby it was difficult to establishif the child was in need of attention or other factors wereinfluencing her emotional outbursts.
Duringthe study, the client gauged the child’s reaction by the differenttimes she spent with her the experimental design of the study wasthe hybrid design. The specific method used involves the dual testingof clinical and implementation interventions. The qualitative optionthat the client chose was face-to-face interactions. The researchdesign was appropriate for the study since it tests both clinical andimplementation interventions at the same time.
Interventioncan be described as the practice of working in different ways withpersons in need of help in a bid to make them more self-sufficient(Pawar & Anscombe, 2014). Helping them get counseling, jobtraining, health care, financial aid, and parenting instructions isan ultimately part of the intervention. In this particular study, theclient is receiving help in form of parental guidance. Theintervention entailed reducing the contact the child had with theclient then record how she behaved in the data-sheet, after the timeagreed upon the client resumed normal routine and the results werealso recorded.The research design had two phases the clinical andimplementation intervention (Fortune et al., 2013). Clinicalintervention is a special branch of social work that involvesdiagnosing, treating, and preventing mental illness. The practicealso helps people deal with psychological, emotional, and behavioralchallenges that affect the quality of life. In this case, clinicalintervention helped the client to diagnose behavioral challenge. Onthe other hand, implementation intervention is developing, puttinginto practice, and monitoring positive behavioral plan this part ofthe research design helped the client implement a positive behavioralplan. The intervention lasted for three weeks each session of anintervention happened for two days then the client went back to thebaseline and spent normal time with the child. For the interventionto be efficient, consistency had to be achieved. To ensure that shemaintained consistency, she was certain to record observations in thedata sheet for every observation she made. The client maintainedconsistency throughout the intervention duration by remaining focusedon the study. The intervention was implemented successfully theresults showed that a child whose parents were present behaved welland did not throw tantrums. Parents’ absence had a negative impacton the behavior of the child she had emotional outburst and threwtantrums frequently (Montemayer, 2011)
Anticipatedproblems and the Motivation
Theanticipated challenge encountered in the course of the study includedthe fact that the method took long. If she worked away from home orthe child was of school going age then the study would have beenimpossible since collecting the correct observations would have beenimpossible. The research method should be realistic to accommodatefactors like the job of the parent or if the child is of school goingage. The other problem encountered during the study was the fear ofan alternate conclusion. In the course of the study, it was difficultwhether to attribute the tantrums to the need for attention orfactors like hunger, fatigue and sleepiness the aspects could leadto errors in the study. The first problem was an anticipated setbackit did not occur during the study since the client worked from homeand the baby had not joined school yet, but in future research itwould be imperative to look for alternative research designs whichare more flexible. In the second problem, the client tried to avoidan alternative conclusion by conducting or recording observationsonly when the factors were not in play. The time chosen was morninghours after child’s feeding time therefore, factors like fatigueand hunger would not apply at that time. The procedures of the studywere well planned, which provides motivation first, all the tasksthat needed to be completed were identified, and the participants inthe task, as well as the timelines for each particular task pickedout. The client knew the necessary steps to take in a bid to achieveher goals. Good planning skills motivate a client’s involvement inthe research. The hybrid design research design is a new practice inthe research field it collects qualitative and quantitative data atthe same time (Faulkner & Faulkner, 2014). In this case study,the client used the face to face approach, the design providedclinical and implementation interventions at the same time. Thatmeans that it identified a behavioral problem that was affecting theclient hence, developed and implemented a behavioral change plan(Alexander, 2013). A substitute design that could produce betterresults was the ABAB it alternates the treatment and baseline stagesto determine the impact of treatment on behavior (Rubin & Babbie,2015). The dependent variable depends on other factors that aremeasured the variables are expected to change resulting from themanipulation of independent variables. The dependable variable in thecase study is the severity of the child’s tantrums they areexpected to change with manipulation of emotions. The confoundingvariables (hunger and fatigue) in this study threaten the internalvalidity of the research there was more than one independentvariable acting at the same time. The method used to collect was thedata sheet it was the reliable instrument in this case (Rubin &Babbie 2015). The frequency of data collection was once per day formore accurate results, the data could be collected three times in oneday.
Tocontrol the variable, the research was done in the morning when thebaby was well fed. Issues like hunger and fatigue were not in play inthe morning. To prevent reactivity, the client ensured that all datawas collected in the morning only. Factors like hunger and fatiguecould cause the results to have an alternate explanation to controlthe factors the client came up with measures like taking the researchdata in the morning when the baby fed to prevent the variables.Threats to internal validity compromise confidence in the facts thata relationship exists between the dependent and independent variables(Dr Carey, 2012). The client experienced a change in her normalroutine she is used to staying at home with her baby but during thestudy, she had to go for long periods without contact with her baby.The client had to collect data each morning she took time to getused to that routine. The client compensated for the time she lostwith her baby when she was home during the baseline routine.
Ethicalconsiderations in the single system designs are minimized than in thegroup context it is a preferred system by most researchers. Theclient had some treatment denial in a bid to deal with the issue, Iencouraged her and assured her of my support. As the researcher, Ithought that the single system was compatible with the clinicalpractice but that also tended to blur the distinction of a researcherand clinician. The client and I had concerns about the risk ratio ofinvolving punishment as a form of behavior improvement. I encouragedthe client that the treatment would succeed after checking thestatistics of the rate of success of single system designs.
Insummation, children under the age of five years are more attached totheir parents. Therefore, the absence or presence of a parent affectstheir behavior. The purpose of the study was to seek how the presenceof parents affects the behavior of children. The case study was aclient’s 3-year old daughter. The client was to study thevariations in the behavior of her daughter in relation to the amountof time she spent with her and record the findings in a data sheet.The implementationintervention lasted for three weeks she gave lessattention to the child for two days then resumed to spending normalamounts of time with her. Spending more time with the child workspositively on their behavior while spending less time with themimpacts negatively.
The client works from home so it is easier for her to participate inthe study. The child has no physical health conditions and is not ofschool going age, meaning she was always available for the study. The child was found to have more tantrums and emotional outburstswhen she spent time away from her parent. Spending more time with thechild seems to be the solution to the problem. Now that the clientknows what the child needs she will show more attention towards her.When children are growing up, they feel like the parents can relatewith their problems, throwing tantrums is a way they seek attentionfrom their parents when they feel left out. The study succeeded inanswering the question of how the presence of parents relate to thebehavior of children. The challenge faced during the study was tryingto differentiate the tantrums caused by lack of attention and thetantrums caused by factors like hunger and fatigue. To deal with thisproblem, the client only collected data in the morning after thechild was fed. Fatigue was also not in play during the morning hours.The research design used for the study was the hybrid design it is anew concept in the research field. Despite people being skeptic aboutthe design, it achieves its purpose efficiently.
Theresearch paper’s purpose was to investigate how the presence of aparent affects the child’s behavior I believe I succeeded inanswering the thesis question. The strengths of my paper was the wayI critically analyzed the methodical part of the paper, I alsodelivered my points in an arranged manner that ensured coherence. Iformatted my paper correctly using the APA format and analyzed themethodical part in an empirical format. I tended to delve into muchdetail in issues that needed simple explanations.
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