Attachment Theory

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The most interesting idea from the past two weeks has been the attachment theory. The attachment theory describes the long term relationship between people. Attachment becomes extremely important during infancy and childhood. Infants become attached to adults that socially interact with them. It is the most important part of infancy for a child to form an attachment to at least one primary caregiver whether it is the mother or father. Infants that form an attachment within the first six months to two years seek security with the attached figure. John Bowlby first published the attachment theory in three volumes between 1969 and 1982. Below is a clip from a larger lecture where Bowlby discusses his theory.
Children need to have a sense of security in all aspects of their lives so that they can grow up to be healthy and productive adults. An infant or toddler is considered "securely attached" if, as they mature and move through their normal developmental stages, they can use their mother or other consistent caregiver as a secure base from which to explore their environment. The securely attached baby or toddler trusts that care will be given to them, their needs will be met consistently, they will be helped to learn self-regulation, and they will be encouraged to learn and explore their environment. Because they feel safe and secure, they have the confidence and sense of competence they need to try new things and to learn.

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