The Attachment Of Children And Their Influence On Children

1686 WordsFeb 26, 20157 Pages
Avoidant Attachment in Children Parents are a vital factor in the development of their children. Many parents fill various roles as teachers, playmates, caregivers, and disciplinary figures; but one of the most important roles that a parent can hold is that of an attachment figure. The attachment between a child and their attachment figure is a strong predictor of the child’s later social and emotional wellbeing (Benoit, 2004). John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth worked together to come to the principle of attachment theory (Bretherton, 1992). Background Attachment theory originally started with the work of John Bowlby. Bowlby’s interest was in linking the relationship between a mother and her young child with the development of their personality later in life. He constructed the basic principles of attachment theory using concepts from ethology, cybernetics, information processing, developmental psychology, and psychoanalysis. Bowlby’s work completely changed the way people thought about the importance of a mother’s bond to their child and the implications that disruption to the bond would bring (Bretherton, 1992). Mary Ainsworth contributed to Bowlby’s work by providing the concept that infants need a secure base to explore the world and that the attachment figure can provide that base. Ainsworth also spend a great deal of time dealing with security theory. One of the major points in security theory is that before entering into an unfamiliar situation, infants and young
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