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Criminal Justice Sciences


Joanne Savage

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Criminal Justice Sciences


Some argue that the most critical period of time for a human being is childhood. Children are extremely dependent on their caregivers. Some Developmentalists emphasize the importance of the attachment bond. When a child loses his or her caregiver, it can cause development disruptions. It has been argued that when children lose a caregiver, they do not just lose the person, they lose the attachment. Losing a parent in early childhood can lead to mental and behavioral disorders. Research also shows that young children with insecure attachments are at higher risk of developing behavior problems. In this paper I will examine the literature on the effects of parental death on child behavior problems. I will also analyze these associations using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health.

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