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Attachment theory

A brief introduction

Dora Bozanic

on 26 November 2016

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Transcript of Attachment theory

AS all parents and teachers know: It takes a village... ...to raise a child. However, some villagers are more important than others. They are also known as "primary attachment figures". The primary attachment figure of the Attachment
Theory was a man called John Bowlby. Through extensive clinical work with children and cooperation with the World Health Organisation he concluded that for good mental health of a child "a warm, intimate and continuous relationship with his mother" (Geddes, pg.37) is crucial. Other attachment figures can help make up for what's missing in this relationship, as far as I understand, but mothers are the key to a happy and mentally healthy child. The attachment theory is at the core of some of the biggest campaigns for early child care. The Sure Start campaign in the UK. ...the Head Start movement in the States... ...the "Triple P - Positive Parenting Programme"
in Australia... And UNICEF Croatia's
"Prve tri su najvažnije"/"The first three are the most important" campaign. The Attachment basics As dangerous as humans can be when they grow up,
when we are born we are helpless and in order to venture into the world we need support. This support is called a "secure base" - it is the relationship with a person who provides with us with food, warmth and protection, but also something called "containment". Containment is the process of "transforming fear into thinkable thoughts", or to put it more clearly: The attachment figure needs to recognize what the baby is feeling and help the baby understand it. This is done through words, gestures and facial expressions. Most mothers respond to their children well-enough: if the child is anxious about something, most mothers will responds to the anxiety in an understanding way and thus alleviate it. This makes a crude sketch of how a secure attachment pattern is developed. Unfortunately, not all mothers can and/or try to understand their infants, which leads to insecure attachment patterns. You will now see a video of how attachment patterns are assessed through "The Strange Situation Procedure". There are three:
Disorganised/Disorientated The Insecure Attachment Patterns You will now see a video illustrating the Avoidant and Ambivalent Attachment Patterns through The Strange Situation Procedure. This attachment pattern contains features of both the Ambivalent and Avoidant patterns. One other adjective which could picture them best is "unpredictable". The pupils who develop such an attachment pattern are usually those mentioned at staff meetings and deemed "Unteachable". Each teacher has been challenged by one at least. The Disorganised/Disorientated This is where I'll leave you for now.
To find out more,
stay tuned. ;) And they are the main reason why I'm doing all of this. Thank you for your attention!! References:
"Dealing with difficult learners" (2008) Marie Delaney. Worth Publishing.
"Attachment in the classroom" (2005) Dr Heather Geddes. Worth Publishing Made possible by... This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
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