Deviant and Normal Social Development
The child’s adaptation and development of various aspects of his personality are dependent upon the availability of a group of well-tested coping mechanisms and viable strategies provided in the social network. Their need for social survival makes it necessary for parents to help induct the child into the social milieu through encouragement, direct teaching, and even coercion. The innate impetus for socialization compels the child to accept what is offered, learn what is exhibited, and actively select from what is present. Gradually the child’s unique personality is shaped, and a complex psychological being is created. On the other hand, incorporating each new individual into the social network confronts the system with a new challenge. As the social system shapes the child’s personality, it is in turn modified by him. This reciprocal interaction prevents the fossilization of the social network, and assures the guided development of each individual’s psychology.
KeywordsDown Syndrome Emotional Experience Emotional Expressiveness Inanimate Object Communicative Intent
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