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Attachment Theory

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Transcript of Attachment Theory

Attachment Theory
Cowan's Table
Konrad Lorenz: Ethology of Humans
Critical Periods
As cited by Felitti & Anda, 2003; Source CDC
Internal Working Model
SOURCE: Brian Griffith
John Bowlby (1907-1991)
Attachment Bond Characteristics
Proximity Maintenance
Separation Distress
Secure Base
Safe Haven
Mary Ainsworth (1913-1999)
The Strange Situation Experiment
Ainsworth’s Styles of Attachment
Secure (60%)
Avoidant (18-25%)
Anxious-Ambivalent (7-15%)
(added by Mary Main)
Adult Attachment Styles
SOURCE: Bartholomew, K. & Horowitz, L.M. (1991). Attachment styles among young adults: A test of a four-category model.
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 61, 226-244.
Legacy of Early Attachments
Children vary significantly in whether early attachments have an enduring impact upon them.
Children’s internal representations of experience mediate the legacy of early attachments.
Parent-child discourse influences how young children represent life experience.
Negotiating conflict and establishing mutual cooperation is important.
Need to understand “lawful discontinuities”.

Earned Secure
Innate releasing mechanisms
Critical periods
Reciprocal releasing system
SOURCE: http://www.scienceofrelationships.com/home/tag/attachment
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