AS Psychology - Attachment

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What is attachment

Attachment is an intense emotional bond that is specific to 2 people that endures over time and which is where prolonged seperation is accompanied by stress and sorrow.

A bond is a set of feelings that ties one person to another e.g. a mother to her new born baby.

Attachments in infancy usually have the following characteristics:

  • seeking proximity to ensure safety
  • stressed on seperation but joy on reunion
  • stranger anxiety

Demonstrated around seven months

Psychologists beleived that it is normal for infants to form more than one attachment to their caregivers, as this is important for later development.

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Early Interactions

Babies appear to be borm with primitive reflexes that keep them in tune with social world. The 'preferential looking technique' has been developed to test this. The baby is presented with

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