Research On Attachment Theory On The Bonds Created Between Infants And Their Caregivers

1730 WordsDec 10, 20147 Pages
Traditional research on Attachment Theory focuses on the bonds created between infants and their caregivers within the first few years of life. When tested, these children typically display an “organized” pattern of behavior when seeking comfort and safety from their caregiver. Organized attachments are those that follow a specific pattern of behavior and are clearly defined as secure, insecure—avoidant, or insecure—ambivalent. However, there remains a percentage of children who fail to engage in predictable behavior when seeking comfort. Essentially, these children behave indiscriminately towards their caregivers and strangers. With no set boundaries by which they seek and receive comfort, their behavior is classified as “disorganized.” New research in this field of study shows the importance in distinguishing the differences between “organized” and “disorganized” types rather than only observing the traditional types of attachment. While examining this new perspective in attachment theory, we speculate whether a lack of goal oriented behavior to seek comfort and safety will in turn lead to an increased risk in psychopathology in early childhood and adolescence. Theoretical Perspective Attachment theory originated in the early 1950s and has expanded greatly since this time, both in it’s scientific methodology as well as in its applicability to clinical social work. This theory is integral to clinicians observing psychopathology and utilizes a biopsychosocial
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