Bowlby's Theory of Attachment

Bowlby's Theory of Attachment and Maternal Deprivation

I have compiled these notes as part of my AS Psychology course. The notes are a brief overview of the Theory of Attachment, and are part of the AQA Psychology A Specification.

If you find these helpful, try searching for my notes on Outlining and Evaluating the Theory, which will help if you are revising for the longer, 12 mark prose questions on the exam paper.

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AS PSYCHOLOGY NOTES

Bowlby's Evolutionary Theory of Attachment and Maternal Deprivation Theory

Social releases keep the main care giver (mother) close to the child. They are adaptive or innate
(inborn) and the attachment uses behaviour to ensure survival and innate social releases.

The sensitive period or (Critical period) is ideally…

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Results

The results found that the monkeys preferred the comfort monkey to the feeding monkey.

Conclusion

The monkeys attach for comfort and a secure base

Evaluation

Strengths

Experiment is controlled
Replicable
Shows cause and effect

Weaknesses

Ethics
o Physical and Psychological harm
Low mundane realism
Low ecological validity




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