Impact of Childhood Attachment and Separation Experiences upon Adult Relationships

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Impact of Childhood Attachment and Separation Experiences upon Adult Relationships Abstract This qualitative research was conducted to ascertain if the attachment style a person has as an adult is created or influenced by his/her interactions with early childhood experiences. The research was carried out by means of a thematic analysis of an interview of a married middle-aged couple. The interviews bought the themes of Work, Childhood and Relationships to the foreground and these were analysed to establish if there is a connection in our childhood attachments and those we make as adults. It can be seen that there are similarities to the attachment types of infants compared to those that emerge as adults although individual…show more content…
The mother then leaves the child alone. After three minutes, the stranger returns, offers comfort and tries to play with the child. Finally the mother returns and the stranger leaves. Trained observers then code the video recording. The basic attachment types identified are Type A (Insecure – anxious avoidant)– child does not seek proximity on reunion, rejects mother’s attempts to calm or comfort. Type B (Secure) – Proximity on reunion, allows mother to comfort and Type C (insecure – anxious ambivalent) - Shows both avoidant and proximity seeking behaviours – acts inconsistently towards mother. These attachment types then form the model on how a child reacts to others in relationships later on in adulthood. Therefore attachment theory provides not only a framework for understanding emotional reactions in children, but also a framework for understanding commitment, separation, and sadness in adults. Attachment styles in adults are thought to stem directly from the working models (or mental models) of oneself that were developed during infancy and childhood. This report highlights the experiences of a middle aged married couple, and by carrying out a semi-structured interview reveals their experience of attachment and separation that occurred during their childhood. It evaluates their experiences and through a thematic analysis tries to show how attachment and separation may have affected their relationships in
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