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The Strange Situation
Ainsworth (1969) devised the strange situation to test the nature of
attachment systematically.

AIM: To see how infants aged between 9 and 18 months behave under
conditions of mild stress and novelty. Also to encourage exploration by placing
infants in a novel environment, testing the secure base…

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They seek and are comfortable with social interaction and intimacy
Uses the caregiver as a secure base from which to explore; able to
function independently

Insecure ­ avoidant:
Avoid social interaction and intimacy
Show little response to separation and do not seek the proximity of their
caregiver on reunion


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