Strange Situation

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  • Created on: 03-10-11 22:24

The strange situation is a controlled observation for 25minutes that as nine stages. A mother and her infant are contained in an unfamiliar room and subjected to range of timed, and what can be an increasingly stressful scenario, for a securely attached child. Throughout the observation both the stranger and the mother would leave the infant at different time intervals and both would try to reassure the infant if it was distressed. 

Ainsworth came up with three types of attachment; secure, insecure avoidant and insecure resistant. Secure attachment is when the mother leaves the child, the child gets separation anxiety, and they cry and get distressed. When the mother comes back the child seeks comfort from them. Insecure avoidant is where there is no change in the child's behaviour when the


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