Ainsworth + Bell identified three main attachment types
Secure attachment:the infant plays happily when the mother is in the room, is distressed when she leaves but is soon comforted when she returns.
Infant = happy with strangers but clearly treats them differently to the mother.
Insecure resistant attachment:the infant isn't content in the mothers company, distressed upon leaving and isn't easily comforted on her return.
Infant = both seeks and rejects mother. Resists contact with mother and stranger.
Insecure avoidant attachment: the infant ignores the mother, isn't upset whe she leaves and avoids contact when returning.
Infant = treats the mother and stranger in a similar way.
- 9-18 month old children
this is because a child should've formed an attachment here
- 9x9 room
it's a controlled environment in order to gather data = reliable
- 16 squares
- 8 episodes
measure of certain behaviours
e.g. parent and infant play, stranger enters,…