Essay on Mary Ainsworth Attachment Theory

684 Words May 5th, 2013 3 Pages
Ahmad Stevens
Charlene Holm
General Phycology
1 November 2012
Mary Ainsworth Attachment Theory Mary Ainsworth the psychologists who provide the most detailed analyst research on an individual attachment offering explanations. Like for instants we has adults teenagers know enough how we feel when the person leaves or apart from us and we are able to explain in it words. That does not go so well for young babies such has infants. In doing so Mary Ainsworth devised an experiment to discover and identify attachment styles. She called the technique used called Strange Situation Classification she also stated that results may vary from between children. The result from the experiment Strange Situation Classification identified
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| Infant shows signs of intense distress when mother leaves. | Infant shows no sign of distress when mother leaves. | Stranger Anxiety | Avoidant of stranger when alone but friendly when mother present. | Infant avoids the stranger - shows fear of stranger. | Infant is okay with the stranger and plays normally when stranger is present. | Reunion behavior | Positive and happy when mother returns. | Child approaches mother but resists contact, may even push her away. | Infant shows little interest when mother returns. | Other | Will use the mother as a safe base to explore their environment. | Infant cries more and explores less than the other 2 types. | Mother and stranger are able to comfort infant equally well. | % of infants | 70 | 15 | 15 | Ainsworth, M. D. S., Blehar, M. C., Waters, E., & Wall, S. (1978). Patterns of Attachment: A Psychological Study of the Strange Situation. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
Ainsworth & Bell suggested that behavior in the strange situation classification was determined by the behavior of the primary carer in this case the mother. She identified many attachment behaviors which gives us a detailed report on attachment theory .
Insecure Resistant attached infants are associated with inconsistent primary care. Insecure Avoidant infants are associated with unresponsive primary care. Avoidant children think themselves unworthy and unacceptable, caused

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