Attachment Figures

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  • Schaffer and Emerson 1964 found the majority of babies became attached to mother first
  • Within a few weeks or months, infants form secondary attachments to other family members including the Father.
  • The role of the Father
  • Grossman 2002 longitudinal study looking at parents behaviour and relationship of quality of childs attachments in their teens.
    • It was found that quality of infant attachment with mothers but not fathers was related to childrens attachments in adolescence, suggesting role of father less important.
      • However, quality of fathers' play with infants was related to quality of adolescence attachments. Suggesting fathers have a different role in attachments
    • Attachment Figures
      • When fathers take on the role of a primary caregiver they adopt behaviours more typical to the mother.
      • However, quality of fathers' play with infants was related to quality of adolescence attachments. Suggesting fathers have a different role in attachments
  • Fathers more to do with play and stimulation, but mothers more nurturing.
  • Fathers as primary carers
  • Field 1978 found smiling, imitating and holding infants is important in building an attachment with the infant.
  • The key to attachment relationship is the level of responsivenes not the gender of the parent.

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