The strange situation as a research method- part 1

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  • The strange situation as a research method- part 1
    • Used to study individual differences in attachment types.
    • 1. Mother and child go into a room containing toys for the child
    • 2. The child explores the room and plays with the toys whilst the mother is still present
    • 3. A stranger enters the room talks to the mother and tries to interact with child
    • 4. Mother leaves the room leaving child and stranger
    • 5. After a while the mother returns and comforts the child the stranger leaves
    • 6. Mother leaves the room leaving child alone
    • 7. The stranger enters the room and tries to interact with the child
    • 8. The mother returns
    • Ainsworth used the used the strange situation on children ages between 12 and 18 months. She focused on the childs response to the stranger and separation and reunion with mother
    • From the study she found three attachment types
      • Secure attachment
      • Anxious- avoidant attachment
      • Anxious- resistant attachment

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