How Attachment Theory Affects The Diverse Range Of Circumstances That Today's Families Face

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As an aspiring professional counselor, it is important to have a solid understanding of the growth and development of children can be affected by attachment to primary caregivers within the first years of life. Attachment theory, which was developed by Erikson and Bowling, describes how the first year of interactions with caregivers serves as model, which heavily influences how children navigate in the world, even into adulthood (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). In this week’s assignment, we are challenged to think through the implications of attachment theory as it relates to children who are adopted and children who are raised by their biological parent(s). With the help of various research articles, textbook readings, and case studies, I hope to articulate how attachment theory affects the diverse range of circumstances that today’s families face.
Attachment For Adopted Children Versus Biological Children
The bonding that happens between a mother and their child is critically important for the child’s formation of self-identity, social concept with others, and the way they view the world (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). For children who find themselves in situations where they are cared for in orphanages and/or adopted, attachment theory can give insight into how these children are more likely to develop and deal with the world. According to Marcovitch et al. (1997), a study of adopted Romanian children found that only 30% were securely attached to their adoptive mothers, as…
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