Bowlby's Theory Of Attachment Essay

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According to Ainsworth, attachment is an affectional bond: “a relatively long enduring tie in which the partner is important as a unique individual and is interchangeable with none other”. (Gross 2003). Having a close relationship to one thing or person. Bowlby’s theory of attachment (1969), Looked, how monotropy was used in young infants, within “proximity between infant and caregiver”. (Cardwell et al 2003). Observing Lorenz’ (1935), how the geese behaved by imprinting the first moving thing once hatched. Lorenz, discovered the behaviour was prolonged, after the geese followed their, mother became “safe from predators, and fed”. (Cardwell et al 2003). He, believed people did not form an attachment straight away. However, took longer to form one, unlike geese; developing one instantaneously. Where classical conditioning comes in. “association between different things being learnt, having food given to them, fulfilling the baby’s pleasure and contentment”. (Parsons, 2008). The mother requiring to satisfy, babies desire for food; the association between the mother, baby and food is being made. ‘Shaffer and Emerson’ (1959), scrutinised, the ‘Harlow and Harlow’ study, observing the monkeys “source of food or comfort and protection would be there preferred source, as an attachment symbol”. (Parsons 2008). To test the theory; a wire…show more content…
Rutter thought that Bowlby confused early separation and later maladjustment, to the social aspects of their family lives, which were closely related. He distinguished, between deprivation and privation; looking at the study with institutionalised children through the ‘Hodges and Tizard’ study. However, adopted children recover in the right circumstances, with love they were given. Even though, emotional deprived children take longer to recover, therefore supporting Bowlby’s
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