Ainsworth's research and cross cultural research


Harlow (1959)

aim: To examine the extent to which contact comfort and food influence attachment behaviours in baby rhesus monkeys.

method: he constructed  two surrogate mothers: one harsh 'wire mother', one soft 'towelling mother'. a sample of 16 baby rhesus monkeys were each placed across 4 caged conditions:

1,wire mother dispensing milk, towelling mother no milk

2, wire mother no milk, towel mother dispensing milk

3, wire mother dispensing milk

4, towel mother dispensing milk

the time spent with each mother was recorded

findings: baby rhesus monkeys spent longer time with the…


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