Yr12 Attachment Key Terms

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In this sense, the lack of an attachment in terms of never having it in the first place. Very rare.
An emotional link between two people
According to Maccoby, where two people with an attachment to each other try and stay close
Behaviour learned through reward and punishment: learning is conscious and controlled
the study of animal behaviour
refers to the future: such studies follow participants over long period of time from start of study
When a baby welcomes back their attachment figure, according to Maccoby
The idea that the first attachment forms a 'blueprint' for all future attachments
study that follows the same people over a long period of time
Means 'built in'
According to Schaffer and Emerson, when a baby is distressed when the caregiver leaves them, this is a sign of attachment
Name of a famous study into attachment by Ainsworth
When a young infant is upset at their attachment figure leaving
aka Separation: where the child spends time away from their primary caregiver
In Ainsworth's study, they didn't base behaviour around mum, and didn't seek comfort when she returned
DescriptionKey Term
A period of time when something is likely to occur
The tendency for babies to form a primary attachment to one caregiver
In Ainsworth's study, they missed their mum but were easily comforted when she returned.
Study which simply compiles other studies and analyses the collective results.
In Ainsworth's study, they were very upset on separation, but reacted angrily when mum returned
Institutionalised behaviour, primarily attention seeking behaviour towards any adult.
experiment in a field setting where the IV is already set by someone else
Set of feelings that tie one person to another: 'one-way attachment'
specific period of time when something HAS to develop
the so-called fourth attachment type according to Main and Solomon
care for children under school age: usually either informal care, aupair/nanny or registered childminders
According to Schaffer and Emerson, when a baby is wary of unfamiliar people
The idea that the first attachment is used as a basis for other relationships in life
Behaviour learned through association. Learning is subconscious and uncontrolled
Behaviour patterns of children raised in orphanages, children's homes, etc.

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