John Bowlby And Mary Ainsworth 's Attachment Theories

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John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth 's attachment theories derive from the idea that in early development infants develop different attachment behaviors in relation to their caregivers. This emotional bond between an infant and their parents can have an enduring impact on future relationships throughout an individual 's life. Research has shown that there does not have to be a biological component for an infant to bond with a parent. Instead the bond or attachment is related to “quality and quantity” of interaction between parent and child. (Boyd, & Bee, p. 130)
There are four main attachment styles; secure attachment, insecure/avoidant attachment, insecure/ambivalent attachment, and insecure/disorganized attachment. (Boyd, & Bee, p. 133) Each of the four attachment styles come with a variety of associated characteristics and behaviors. For example: a child who develops a secure attachment will be an active explorer, easily soothed, and prefers their mother over a stranger. In comparison an infant who develops an insecure/avoidant attachment avoid contact with their mother and has no preference in interaction with their mother over a stranger. Insecure children will not resist interaction from their mother, but they do not seek. Infants who have secure attachment will often seek contact and interaction with their mother. (Boyd, & Bee, p. 133)
Growing up I had a very nurturing and loving environment. Even though I am one of seven children my needs were always met by my parents…
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