The Development of Attachment in Infants, part 2

Attachment in Infants Part 2: Studying Attachment: How the Attachment Styles were Identified

In 1978 Mary Ainsworth, who had been a student of Bowlby’s, designed a playroom in a laboratory setting that can be used to evaluate the quality of children’s attachments to their mother or other main caregiver. The procedure is known as “the strange situation room.” Strange in the sense of unfamiliar. It is one of the great landmark studies in developmental psychology and has led to countless replications in . . .

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