Attachment Theory : The Relationship Between A Parent And A Child Influence Their Maturation

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Attachment Theory The attachment theory validates how the relationship between a parent and a child influence their maturation in early childhood stages. First originated by John Bowlby, his theory ultimately demonstrated that children who are attached to their parents are influenced by the parents delinquent/criminal behaviors that lead to similar tendencies when they grow older (McLeod). Concluded in multiple experiments, the attachment theory and the relationship between the child and parent are imperative for socially acceptable behavior and child health. John Bowlby, the father of the attachment theory, created his conclusion based off that if a child is dependent on their parent physically and emotionally, then they will be able to develop a proper nurtured environment. Bowlby also stated that children who do not receive much attention and affection or unable to bond with others are more likely to become delinquents (Attachment). Some behavior that defines attachment is attempting to maintain contact and having anxiety when being separated from the person they’re connected deeply with. Depending on the relationship between the parent and child, if it is disrupted during infancy then the long-term negative consequences are aggressiveness and delinquent behavior (Hoeve). This theory has been proven through experiments by many psychologist. Mary Ainsworth is a psychologist who used Bowlby’s theory as a platform to create an evaluation called the Strange Situation…

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