The Emotional Bond Between A Parent And Their Child

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John Bowlby theorized attachment as the emotional bond between a parent and their child (Stevenson-Hinde, 2007). How secure this bond is can influence a variety of areas in the child’s development. A parent can secure this attachment by how they interpret and respond to their child’s needs. There are four attachment patterns that can form, secure, avoidant, ambivalent, and disorganized. A child who is secure in their attachment is able to regulate their emotions in stressful situations, explore their environment, and displays positive social behaviors. When a child is insecure or disorganize they are at a risk of displaying problematic externalized behaviors and issues with controlling their emotions. The impact of how attachment affects a child’s external behaviors from infancy through adolescence will be evaluated within this paper. There has been significant discussion on the impacts that attachment has on a child’s external behaviors. Parents, educators, and future researchers should be aware of these impacts in order to understand how to help children who are having behavioral issues. First, this paper will analyze empirical research articles and their significance. This will lead into the factors that affect development change in attachment, as well as how culture plays a roll. Lastly, this paper will discuss the importance of attachment on external behaviors across infancy to adolescence. The strange situation test is a test that was conceived by Bowlby. This test
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