Attachment- The Strange Situation

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What is the Strange Situation?
The acceptable method used to measure attachment types.
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What did it measure?
The reactions of infants under stress- separation anxiety and stranger protest.
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What is a secure attachment characterised by?
Keen to explore with caregiver present, high separation anxiety, happy on return of caregiver, high stranger anxiety.
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What % was securely attached?
70%
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How does a caregiver respond to the needs of an infant to form a secure attachment?
Sensitive and responsive to infant's needs.
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Name one behaviour a child with this attachment is likely to show in later life.
Healthy cognitive and emotional development.
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What is an insecure avoidant attachment characterised by?
Willing to explore at any point, low separation anxiety, ignores caregiver on return, comforted by a stranger, low stranger anxiety.
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What % was insecure avoidant?
15%
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How does a caregiver respond to the needs of an insecure avoidant infant?
Indifferent to their needs.
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What behaviour could an insecure avoidant infant show in later life?
Avoiding social interaction.
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What is an insecure resistant attachment characterised by?
Unwilling to explore (fussy), high separation anxiety, wanted contact on return but showed anger and resistance i.e. threw arms back, high stranger anxiety.
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What % was insecure resistant?
15%
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How does the caregiver respond to the needs of an insecure avoidant infant?
Unsure about needs.
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What behaviour could an insecure avoidant infant show in later life?
Accept but reject social interaction.
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