A strong, emotional and enduring bond that develops over time between an infant and its primary caregiver.
"the lasting psychological connectedness between human beings" - Bowlby 1969.
- Nurturing bond: physcial/emotional love - early years of development
- Children who begin their lives with the foundation of secure attachment fare better.
- According to the "Attachment Theory" this first bond in a child's life becomes the base of all other relationships.
Insecure avoidant: little protest at seperation, little effort to renew contact when reunited.
Insecure resistant:very distressed when seperated but resists comforting when re-united.