Attachment Theory Of A Caregiver And A Child

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Attachment theory maintains that healthy interactions between a caregiver and a child are needed to form a secure attachment, which is the foundation of identity formation and healthy mental functioning. “Attachment is a biologically based bond that plays a vital role in brain development; maintaining bonds of trust, attaining full intellectual potential, acquiring a conscience, language development, learning to regulate feelings, identify and self-esteem, and organization of the nervous system (Kiely, n.d., slide 4.) A key concept of attachment is that an infant’s needs are met by a good-enough caregiver thereby positively impacting the above mentioned and the internal working model of a child. Research has shown the majority of children form of secure attachment. This paper addressed the children that do not form a secure attachment with a focus on the risk Borderline Personality Disorder in adulthood. A brief overview of what was found in the research Blakely and Diadosz (2015) reported that the key concepts in the attachment theory are the Attachment Behavioral System (ABS), attachment style, and working model. The ABS was said to be “concerned with the proximity of the primary attachment figure when there was a threat of separation: if the attachment figure was not nearby or nonresponsive the child would have displayed anxious behaviors until they returned” (Blakely & Diadosz, 2015, p. 284). The second aspect of the theory was said to be the attachment style, which…
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