Bowlby's theory of attachment

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  • Bowlby's theory of attachment
    • A
      • Attachments are adaptive
        • gives us adaptive advantages, making us more likely to survive
    • S
      • babies have social releasers which 'unlock' the innate tendency of adults to care for them
        • e.g. crying and smiling
    • C
      • babies have to form the attachment with their PCG during a critical period (from birth to 2 1/2 years old)
        • if attachment isn't formed then child would be damaged for life 'PIES' - Physically, Intellectually, Emotionally and Socially
    • M
      • infants have one special emotional bond (monotropy) with their PCG
    • I
      • through the monotropic attachment, the infant would form an internal working model
        • special model for relationships - all future relationships of infant will be based on the mother-infant relationship
          • continuity hypothesis - individuals who are securely attached in infancy continue to be socially and emotionally competent
    • human infants have an innate tendency to form attachments to PCG


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