Attachment theory

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  • Attachment Theory Of Attachment

    Attachment is “a close emotional relationship between two persons, characterised by mutual affection and a desire to maintain proximity [closeness]” (Shaffer, 1993). According to the British psychoanalyst John Bowlby, infants start to establish and develop a bond of attachment with the person that takes care of them in their first few weeks of life. The need for physical contact is more important than the feeding need, which can be proved with the famous Harlow’s test on the Rhesus monkeys, carried out in laboratory. The little monkeys, just after coming to the world, prefer the contact with a surrogate mother made of synthetic fur that gives off heat, instead of the feeding bottle given from a metal and cold surrogate mother. Like the need…

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  • Attachment And Attachment Theory

    Niuean with their infants under 12 month in New Zealand. This essay focuses on the comparison in infant sleeping arrangements among different culture. Moreover, further discussion of attachment theory in which mainly focusing on Ainsworth (1979) research findings and a hypothesis on relationships between maternal behavior and infant behavior with its effect on various sleeping arrangements. Attachment theory was initially developed by British psychologist John Bowlby, by using various…

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  • Attachment Theory

    Throughout this essay I will be discussing the significance of attachment theory for social work practitioners and how they can implement this to develop emotional functioning with younger children. In addition I will examine how the theory has changed and progressed since John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth first “attempts to examine the psychological effects of early relationships” ( Goldberg,2000, pg3) to more contemporary approach such as Michael Rutter’s book on “Maternal Deprivation reassessed”…

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  • Attachment Theory Analysis

    Social workers should be aware of the many theories that can be applied in the practice. Using these theories among other things helps guide intervention, understand things across the lifespan, better understand dysfunction, and understand how many different systems interact (Thyer, Dulmus, & Sowers,2012, P.xiii). Attachment theory is no different, it helps social workers better understand issues that could be the result of dysfunctional relationships, with the possibility of these relationship…

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  • Bowlby's Theory Of Attachment

    A*1/A2 Bowlby's theory of attachment is relevant to transitions as it identifies the effects of separation on a child however Bowlby's theory is out dated in the fact that his research was carried out after the second world war and in an age where mothers didn’t go out to work. Also Bowlby stated that the child can form an attachment with one main carer this has proven to be incorrect because Schaffer and Emerson found that children can have multiple attachments by carrying out research on…

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  • Child Attachment Theory

    The research conducted will focus on three main aspects, development theory and attachment, emotional availability and depression, and child maltreatment and domestic violence. Relationships are critical to a child’s development, and even more important, is the consistency of a caretaker. “Developmental theory, when applied to early attachment, can help us understand how stressful events affect young children and their families, particularly when those events lead to changes in routines and…

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  • The Attachment Theory Of Infants

    representation of self, others and the world. Attachment theory, developed jointly by Bowlby and Ainsworth, describes the multiple ways an infant can emotionally attach to their primary caregiver (Bretherton 1992). Bowlby explained that innate behaviors of infants, such as clinging, sucking and following, promote the formation of secure attachment between the infant and mother when the mother responds to these cues appropriately (Bretherton 1992). Building on Bowlby’s work, Ainsworth contributed…

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  • What Is Attachment Theory?

    Attachment to political leaders, political belief systems, and political participation: A study of personality politics in Indonesia, the Philippines, and United States Moh Abdul Hakim “…people don’t believe in ideas, they believe in people who believe ideas” (Zeev W. Mankowitz) The successes of popular political leaders like the Philippine’s Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesia’s Joko Widodo are thought to be a prominent feature of contemporary politics in emerging democracies (Karvonen, 2010;…

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  • Postnatal Attachment Theory

    Postnatal Attachment and Early Developmental Outcomes I. Introduction II. What is attachment A. Definition of attachment B. Intrinsic value C. Attachment is an important aspect of infant and child development 1. Solid attachment bonds produce positive developmental outcomes 2. Insecure or disorganized attachments can produce detrimental developmental outcomes as well as infant behavioral issues III. Attachment Theories A. Erik Erikson 1. Developmental Stage theory 2. Must resolve key conflicts…

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  • Disorganized Attachment Theory

    Significance Attachment theory, first formulated by John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth is one of the leading frameworks in developmental psychology. Originally there was three attachment classifications, secure, avoidant, and ambivalent (Ainsworth, Blehar, Waters, & Wall, 1978). Securely attached infants are distressed when a parent leaves yet soothed and happy when they return Avoidant infants do not show a preference for the mother and are not excited when she returns. Ambivalent infants do not…

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