Bowlby's theory of attachment

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  • Attachment Theory
    • Sensitive Period
      • Between birth and 2 and a half years, their social capability could be damaged.
    • This theory suggests that infants have inmate behaviours and tendencies which lead to caregiving from their guardian.
    • Monotropy
      • The child develops a special relationship with one primary caregiver
    • Social releasers
      • Physical, and behavioural attributes in the child.
        • These bring out innate caregiving tendencies.
    • Internal working model
      • When a child makes an attachment, they will build up a schema of what it is like to have a friendship type relatationship
    • Research support
      • Hazan and Shaver
        • Love quiz
          • Results found that those who were securely attached had stable relationships. Those who weren't, suffered instability in their relationships.
            • The data was collected via self report, means that demand characteristics could play a factor
              • Negatives
                • Theory overemphasises the role of the mother as the father also has an important part in the development of the child.
    • Negatives
      • Theory overemphasises the role of the mother as the father also has an important part in the development of the child.
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