Ainsworth's Strange Situation Study


Researcher: Mary Ainsworth

Year: 1960s

Purpose: To assess the quality of attachments between infants and their mothers


  • 70% securely attached, 15% insecure resistant, 15% insecure avoidant.
  • Attachment depended on the sensitivity of the mother to the child's needs.


  • Easy to replicate as its a controlled observation. Researcher can control…


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