The Strange Situation Analysis

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Main and Cassidy (1988) have found the 'Strange Situation' to be reliable. However some have argued e.g. Bates et al (1985), found the validity of the 'Strange Situation.' only measures the relationship between the child and one other person (usually the mother not peers) so rather than measuring attachment type it is simple measuring relationship. On the other hand, Bowlby argued the case for montropy, the idea that there is only one primary attachment figure (the mum) and all others are of lesser importance anyway. If the test is a valid measure of attachment type then we should be able to use its findings to predict the future stability of a child’s relationships.

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