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Transcript of Attachment Theory
Konrad Lorenz: Ethology of Humans
As cited by Felitti & Anda, 2003; Source CDC
Internal Working Model
SOURCE: Brian Griffith
John Bowlby (1907-1991)
Attachment Bond Characteristics
Mary Ainsworth (1913-1999)
The Strange Situation Experiment
Ainsworth’s Styles of Attachment
(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”.
Innate releasing mechanisms
Reciprocal releasing system