Edexcel A2 Psychology - Child Psychology: Definitions

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Child Psychology –

Child psychology is the study of the development of individuals from birth to adulthood. Research is often conducted into how childhood experiences affect our development in later life. Attachment theories are often studied, and the effect of no attachment or broken attachment is studied and aimed to be resolved.

Definitions –


A bond based on mutual trust and affection including any form of behaviour which results in a person attaining or retaining proximity to some other differentiated and preferred individual, usually perceived as stronger and / or wiser. It is a survival mechanism passed down through evolution and typically occurs between mother and child.


Occurs when an already formed attachment is broken either in the short or long term. Deprivation occurs every time the child is separated from his or her mother or main care giver. For example, when a child goes to school, deprivation is


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