Ainsworth's strange situation

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  • Strange Situation. (Ainsworth et al 1978)
    • Developed as a way of measuring the attatchment in children aged 1-2 years.
  • Episode 5: first reunion episode: mother returns and stranger leaves. Duration: 3 minutes or more. People present: mother and child
    • Duration is  more to calm the child down
    • Episode 6: second separation episode: mother leaves room. Duration: 3 minutes or less. People present: child
      • Duration is less if the child becomes too distressed.
      • Episode 7: stranger returns to be with child. Duration: 3 minutes or less. People Present: stranger and child.
        • Duration is less if the child becomes too distressed.
        • Episode 8: second reunion episode: mother returns. Duration: 3 minutes. People present: mother and child

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