In lecture, Professor Jeff Simpson covered attachment theory. Ainsworth and her fellow scientists discovered three attachment patterns in children. The three patterns were secure, avoidant, and anxious-ambivalent. Parents of secure children were attentive and caring toward their children. Parents of avoidant children were inattentive and detached in regards to their children. Finally, parents of anxious-ambivalent children had good intentions, but they didn't know how to act as a parent or were distracted.
Attachment theory is important because it helps explain the dynamics of the parent-child relationship and how that affects the behavior of the child in that relationship. This theory can help account for flaws in parental behavior and possibly steer that behavior in a better direction. Attachment theory can also help explain the behaviors of people later in life as they undergo growth from child to adult. This particular theory may also be useful for predicting or identifying criminal behavior in teens and adults. In essence, attachment theory can be used to help explain human behavior in many contexts.
There are still many questions on my mind as I ponder different aspects of attachment theory. Is attachment theory applied differently based on the number of children parents have? Is this same theory applicable based on the number of boys and/or girls parents have? How does culture affect parenting style? Is there a point where parents give too much attention to their children? The list goes on and many variables may need to be considered. That is the beauty of science. The questions never end.