Developmental Psychology


Developmental Psychology


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 attachment:

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.


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