Risk Factors of Behavior Summary
Why are children more challenging than others? Children display different behavior as they develop mentally. According to the text infants and toddlers use aggressive behavior early in their lives when they become angry or frustrated because they are trying to control their own activity and possession (Kaiser, 2007). An example of this type of behavior can be observed when an infant is learning to hold their feeding bottle and in a toddler when they are trying to learn how to dress themselves especially putting clothing on backwards or shoes on the wrong feet; they become frustrated when they cannot get things to work in their favor. This paper will address risk factors that influence behavior. Three biological risk factors that can influence behavior can be listed as gene, gender and temperament. First, genes influence how parents bring up their children, affecting a child’s responses evoked from those around them (Kaiser, 2007). An example of genes is illustrated when a child who is irritable can make everyone around them irritable also or a child hits and bites their sibling and a parent automatically discipline’s the child (Kaiser, 2007). Second there is the biological risk factor caused by gender, boys are more physically aggressive than girls because boys seem more susceptible to the risk factors for aggressive behavior—difficult temperament, ADHD, and learning disabilities which can be attributed to male hormones (Kaiser, 2007). Girls are less aggressive physically; instead girls display indirect aggression or what is known as relational or social aggression (Kaiser, 2007). Third, there is temperament. Temperamental traits emerge early stabilizing by the age of 3 through adulthood. The environment influence temperament, through biology based on the neurochemical influence inheritance provides the basis for temperament traits (Kaiser, 2007). Three other specific factor domains that predict children’s risk for developing...
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