Evaluating The Strange Situation

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  • Evaluating the strange situation.
    • Validity
      • Low ecological validity (the extend to which research reflect real life situation.
      • Novel Environment-would they act differently at home?
      • Aim to measure attachment type of child, may only measure attachment to one particular person.
      • Does not measure what it intends = low validity
    • Reliability
      • Observers had almost perfect rating agreement (0.94 agreement)
    • Ethical Issues
      • Intends to cause child mild distress
        • Ainsworth claimed that it was no more distressing than a real life situation
        • Stage 6 - 20% reported to cry desperately
        • How would the mother feel?
    • Simple, efficient, easy to replicate
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