The cultural context is connected with the relation of children to Mrs. Rosa, the type of education they received in their life and the childcare Mrs. Rosa gave them. The information given in the article proves the fact that most of Mrs. Rosa’s children have got education. For example, Dythra Lopez whose life was connected with drugs when she was 16, was taken by Mama Rosy and given a good education. Now Dythre is a manager in the convenience store. She has her place to live and she earns enough money to take care of herself. She often visits Mama Rosy and gives her presents.
Speaking about socioeconomic context of the above mentioned case, it is necessary to say that Mrs. Rosy’s children are raised in households with low socioeconomic status that is why they have less access to high level health care and education but she managed to take care of their future and to give them her love, her care and her attention.
Analyzing the above mentioned case, it is necessary to apply some psychological theories to it. I’d like to represent the following ones:
- behavioral child development theories such as the theory of B.Watson, the theory of B. Skinner;
- social child development theories such as the theory of John Bowlby, the theory of Albert Bandura, the theory of Lev Vygotsky.
As behavioral theories show how the environmental interaction affects the behavior of children, I can say that practically all the children of Mrs. Rosy have changed their way of life: they gave up smoking and drinking alcohol, taking drugs. The girls stopped their engaging in prostitution. Most of them have found good jobs and now have an opportunity to buy food and clothes themselves.
According to John Bowlby’s theory the early relationships with caregiver influence the development of children and continue to influence further social relations all through their lives. In our case, Mrs. Rosy helped her non-biological children to become good citizens of Mexico.
According to the theory of Bandura, children learn new behavior from other people’s behavior. They develop new skills and learn new things. Mrs. Rosy became “a hero” for most of her children. (Romo)
According to the theory of Vigotsky, children can learn new things through their hands-on experience. Caregivers and the culture they live in, are responsible for the development of a personality. In our case, all the children of Mrs. Rosy could develop their personalities and become kind and fair people.
In conclusion, it is necessary to say that such people as Mrs. Rosa who “give love to street children” and help them to find the right way in their life and to become kind and fair people, are very important for our society. They influence the psychological development of children positively and can save such children from violence and moral degeneration.
Romo, Rafael. Acapulco Makes Street Children her Mission. CNN World. March 30, 2011. Available from: