The strange situation as a research method- part 2

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    • Secure attachment
      • Reaction to stranger
        • Is indifferent to the stranger when mother is present but ignores the stranger when alone (stranger fear)
      • Reaction to separation from mother
        • Becomes upset and distressed when mother leaves
      • Reaction to reunion with mother
        • Is happy when mother returns in both first and is second reunion and is quickly settles. The child easily calms and exploring resumes
    • Anxious- avoidant attachments
      • Reaction to stranger
        • Plays with the stranger regardless of mothers presence. Does not check for mother's presence
      • Reaction to separation from mother
        • Is not distressed at mother's absence and can seek comfort from stranger
      • Reaction to reunion with mother
        • Shows no interest in mother's reunion
    • Anxious- resistant attachment
      • Reaction to stranger
        • Shows fear of the stranger and avoids the stranger with or without the mother being present
      • Reaction to separation from mother
        • Intense reaction to mother's absence. The child is clearly distressed
      • Reaction to reunion with mother
        • The child wants the comfort of mother but may push her away when approached. Resists comfort even if it is desired
    • She found that 65% of American children were securely attached, 23% were anxious-avoidant and 12% anxious resistant.
      • If the mother was sensitive, consistent and responsive to the child the child was more likely to to develop a secure attachment
      • A child who was rejected by the mother felt unworthy and developed an insecure attachment as did a child whose mother was inconsistent witht their parenting style

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