Evolutionary theory (Bowlby's theory)

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Evolutionary theory (Bowlby's theory)-

'You are born with innate abilities to attach'.

Inherited behaviours that promote reproduction will be naturally selected, innate mechanisms such as imprinting ensure you can survive.

3 important features of Bowlby: infants and carers are programmed to become attached, attachment is biological taking place during a critical/sensitive period, attachment plays a role in later development (monotropy and continuity hypothesis).

Social releasers such as crying and smiling encourage caregivers to look after the…


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