Bowlby's Monotropic Theory

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Monotropy

  • Attachment to 1 particular caregiver- unique attachment. Bowlby called this person the mother (does not have to be biological)
  • Primary Attachment Figure (mother figure)
  • Law Of Continuity- The more constant/predictable a child's care, the better the quality of their attachment.
  • Law Of Accumalated Separation- Effects of every separation from the mother add up, and the safest dose is therefore a zero dose.

Social Releasers and The Critical Period

  • Babies are born with 'innate behaviours'- smiling, cooing etc- to encourage attention from adults.
  • 'Social releasers' - actvate adult attachment system.
  • Both mother and

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