Ainsworth's Strange Situation

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What is the aim of the study?
How infants aged between 9 and 18 months behave under conditions of mild stress
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What is the procedure of the study?
Care giver and stranger alternatively leave, Observations every 15 seconds of behaviours, e.g separation anxiety, reunion behaviour, stranger anxiety.
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Findings of the study
Types of attachment: secure 65%, insecure-avoidant 22%, insecure-resistant 12%
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Secure-attachment
Not likely to cry if the caregiver leaves the room yet shows some distress when left with a stranger.
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Insecure-avoidant
Avoid social interaction, little response to caregiver,
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Insecure-resistant
Seeks and resists intimacy, respond to separation, behave the same around strangers
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EVALUATION: Other types of attachment
Type D - insecure-disorganised. Infants that do not have a consistent behaviour
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