The strange situation


The strange situation (Mary Ainesworth):


1. Mother and child enter a room 2. mother and child are alone 3. stranger enters room and talks with mother and approaches child 4. mother leaves stranger with child (stranger anxiety) 5.mother returns, stranger leaves (reunion behaviour) 6. mother leaves child alone (separation anxiety) 7. stranger returns and tries to engage with child (stranger anxiety) 8. mother returns and stranger leaves (reunion behaviour).

Findings: Attachment Type B (secure attachment) has 66% of infants in, Type A (insecure avoidant) had…


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