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The child behavior was put into one of the three following categories:

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The child behavior was put into one of the three following categories: Type A (anxious-avoidant): no protest when the parent leaves and the child ignore parents return.
asked Jul 13 '12 at 16:05 freda taylor New member

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It seems to me that you have only listed one category (Type A) and then explained characteristics of that type.  In that case, you have not completed your sentence.  If you include the name of the type along with a brief explanation, you would put semi-colon's between the items on the list to help avoid confusion.  Since each type is a bit complicated to explain, you might want to just list the names of each type and then use three more sentences to describe the types.

 

The child's behavior was put into one of the three following categories: anxious-avoidant (Type A), secure (Type B), or anxious-resistant (Type C).  Type A children make no protest when a parent leaves and ignores the parent's return. 

link comment answered Jul 13 '12 at 20:14 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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