Bowlby's Theory of Attachment Evaluation

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Evaluating Bowlby's Theory of Attachment:

Strengths:

Sensitive Period ==> Hodges and Tizard found children who had no attachments had later difficulties  with peers ==> supports Bowlby's theory of attachment that it is harder to form attachments after the critical/sensitive period has finished

Universality ==> Expectation that attachment and caregiving behaviours universal ==> Tronick et al ==> Efe ==> children cared for by different women but slept with mother at night ==> primary attachment still formed with mother

Monotropony and Hierarchy ==> Schaffer and Emerson (1964) ==> infants had multiple attachments ==> always had one primary attachment figure ==> supports Bowlby's theory

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