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Ainsworth's Strange Situation Study

Describe the characteristics of an Anxious/Resistant attachment type:

Response to mother leaving?

Intense distress

Response to mother's return?

Rejected her

Response to stranger?

Resisted contact

What was the percentage of ainsworth's sample?

10%

The mothers of these children were observed to?


Behave ambivalently towards their child ( mixed behaviours) 


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Describe the characteristics of an Anxious/Avoidant attachment type:

 

Response to mother leaving?

Little distress

Response to mother's return?

Little interest + didn't seek contact

Response to stranger?

Didn't have a preference over the mother

What was the percentage of ainsworth's sample?

20%

The mothers of these children were observed to?

Ignore the child more.


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Describe the characteristics of securely attached child:

Response to mother leaving?

Clear distress

Response to mother's return?

Sought contact + happy on reunion

 Response to stranger?

Clear distress + had a preference over the mother. 

What was the percentage of ainsworth's sample?

70%

The mothers of these children were observed to?


Be more sensitive to their child's needs.



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Why might the Strange Situation study be lacking in validity?

It's not possible to establish ecological validity, the findings don't apply to settings outside the lab, we can;t generalise to the wider population as the research is on a middle class American infants. 

 

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