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Attachment: An emotional bond between two people. It is a two way process that endures over time and leads
to certain behaviours such as proximity seeking and clinging. It serves the function of protecting two people.

Learning Theory (Cupboard Love Theory)

Learning theory is put forwards by behaviourists who…

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Continuity hypothesis suggests a link between early attachment and later social/emotional

Adaptive Behaviours that increase the likely hood of survival

Innate Characteristics that are inborn, a product of genetic factors

Imprinting an innate readiness to develop a strong bond with a attachment figure during the sensitive period

Sensitive Period…

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Insecure Disorganised Attachment Lack of consistent patterns in social behaviour. Infants lack any strategy
for dealing with the stress of separation.


Infancy in Uganda and Baltimore study by Ainsworth

Importance of secure attachment and sensitive responsiveness
Mothers that were sensitive to their infants needs formed a secure base for…

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Evaluating Types of Attachment
Bowlby predicted that there would be continuities between early attachment and later relationships.
Prior and Glaser (2006) suggested that behaviour in later childhood is linked with earlier experience. They
suggested this summary:
Secure attachment is associated with positive outcomes such as less emotional dependence and




really good notes but are incomplete

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