Explanations of attachment: Bowlby's theory

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Explanations of attachment: Bowlby’s theory

Bowbly’s theory of attachment 1969

·         Evolutionary theory

·         In this view attachment is a behavioural system that has evolved due to its survival value and reproductive value

·         Children have an innate drive to attach as it has long term benefits- this is linked to imprinting

·         Attachment and imprinting is an adaptive behaviour- increase the likelihood of survival

Sensitive period

·         Attachment has a limited window for development = sensitive period

·         The second quarter of the first year is when the infants are most


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