PS506 Attachment Theory

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Write a 4- to 5-page review paper of the strange situation described in: Ainsworth, M.S., & Bell, S.M. (1970). Attachment, exploration, and separation: Illustrated by the behavior of one-year olds in a strange situation. Child Development, 41(1), 49-67. Review papers typically follow the following structure:  Agreement or disagreement with the authors’ main position  Summary of the main points and details of the experiment  Support from the article or your text for your agreement or disagreement with the authors’ position  Suggest at least two different interventions that can be used to help children develop healthy attachments In this article, the authors explain their specific view of how infants and caregivers establish attachment. They also explain the function of this attachment to future development. Build your arguments around these main points. Use the article, the Readings from your text, and any other primary sources that seem appropriate to supporting your ideas.

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PS506 Lifespan Development NameClassDateProfessorPS506 Lifespan Development In this review of the article "Attachment, exploration, and separation: Illustrated by the behavior of one-year olds in a strange situation" the author Mary Ainsworth discusses an experiment she conducted known as the Strange Situation. This paper will review this experiment and the findings and provide an opinion on the credibility of the experiment. Two possible interventions for parent/child attachment will be offered. Attachment TheoryThe Strange Situation is an experiment conducted by Mary Ainsworth in order to determine how attachment differs in toddlers. Attachment theory looks at the interpersonal relationship between people and how bonds are formed. John Bowlby developed the attachment theory finding people form emotional bonds with other people overtime. This attachment does not have to be shared with one person forming an attachment but the other not forming the same attachment. The Strange Situation experiment resulted in the development of three types of attachment between the mother and child. Each of these attachment styles developed by Ainsworth is beneficial to understanding the types of attachments children form. Attachment is characterized by specific behaviors in children, such as seeking proximity with the attachment figure when upset or threatened (Bowlby, 1969). The attachment theory is designed to explain the parent-child relationship

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