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Bowlby's Theory
John Bowlby's theory of attachment is strongly linked with Darwin's theory of
evolution; he believed attachment was both innate (an instinctive behaviour passed on
through genes) and adaptive (a behaviour which promotes survival), stating that attachment
allowed infants to form secure future relationships (continuity hypothesis) and feel safe…

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continuity hypothesis. The existence of this bond is supported by the work of Tronick,
Morelli and Ivey, 1992, who studied the Efe, an African tribe from Zaire. In this tribe,
infants were looked after and breastfed by many different mothers, however they slept with their
own mother. After 6 months,…


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