Growth and development | Maternal Child Nursing | Herzing University–Minneapolis
For example, when children fail to resolve the task at hand during middle childhood they may have difficulty forming meaningful relationships with peers due to lacking empathy or an inability to relate to others. This can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation which is especially detrimental for this age group as peer relationships are important for healthy social development. Additionally, these individuals may be more prone to anxiety and depression as adults if they did not learn how to manage emotions effectively during this stage of development.
There is also a risk that children who do not adequately deal with the challenges faced in middle childhood will lack initiative and struggle with goal setting leading into adolescence and adulthood. If these issues are compounded over time, it could result in poor academic performance or even dropping out of school entirely as well as leadings problems such as substance abuse or delinquency down the line.
On top of all these potential outcomes, unresolved conflicts during this stage can lay the groundwork for deep-seated psychological issues throughout life such as low self-esteem, anger management struggles, difficulty making decisions independently, or even personality disorders such as narcissism or borderline personality disorder depending on how extreme the circumstances were at home while growing up. In short, failing to solve crises in middle childhood has wide-reaching implications that can impact an individual’s entire future outlook on life if left unchecked and untreated by qualified professionals for extended periods of time