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Conclusions: Aim: to investigate
· Most children form secure different types of
attachments to mother by 1 but attachments between
individual differences do occur + mothers and their one
dependant on quality of care year old children
· S= sensitive mothering
· IR= inconsistent mothering
· IA= rejected mothering Participants: White, middle class
American mothers + 1 year old child
Ainsworth's Strange
Lab study
Situation
Show SD, SA +
Findings:
pleasure on
secure (70%)
mother's return 1. Mother and child play, then mother
resistant (10%)
INSECURE
Show SD + SA but avoidant (20%) leaves child
resist comfort on 2. Stranger enters, leaves + then mother
mother's return returns
Looked for separation distress,
stranger anxiety + child's response on
No SD + don't make
mother's return
contact when
mother returns
Attachment: A close emotional relationship between two persons,
characterised by mutual affection and a desire to maintain proximity.…read more

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Reared in isolation and not
allowed to form attachments
with their own species. The
monkeys grew up unable to
socialise with other
Harlow used monkeys
members of their species.
=difficult to generalise the
findings and conclusions to
humans. Attachments are learnt
through classical conditioning
(association)
Attachments are
Harlow's monkeys formed to the carer
Monkeys kept in cages with wire who feeds the baby
CONTRADICTORY EVIDENCE
mother with food and a softer
one covered in cloth. The monkey Learning theory The child learns to
had a the choice of which mother
associate the comfort +
to go to: food or comfort.
security of carer with
Monkey's preferred the cloth
feeding
monkey and only went to the
food monkey when necessary. 1. Feeding = pleasure (instinctive
response)
Comfort Food 2. Feeding + comfort + security =
pleasure (association begins)
3. Comfort + security = pleasure
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