Ainsworth Evaluation

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  • Highly standardised procedure involving timed episodes and rigorous analysis of the observed behaviour. In this sense, it is a replicable and objective research method
  • Drew on a wealth of data for her conclusions
  • Carried out many studies, drawing similar conclusions
  • Studies were carried out in a lab setting with more than one observer, yielding inter-rater reliability
  • Used naturalistic observations and interviews to make her findings valid and true to life


  • Criticised for causing unnecessary distress to the child. This procedure does not protect the child from harm according to the APA/BPS ethical guidelines; However, the purpose of the study is to study separation…


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