Attachment Theory

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  • Asocial Stage
  • Indiscriminate Attachment
  • Specific Attachments
  • Babies tend to produce similar responses to people and objects and generally do not prefer specific people to others. Generally the baby is around 0-6 week when it goes through this stage.
  • Multiple Attachments
  • Babies become more social able and are more able to tell people apart, they show a preference to people rather than inanimate objects. They do not show fear to strangers or separation anxiety. Anyone can comfort the child and the child does not show a strong preference to specific people yet.
  • Once babies get to seven months old they make an attachment to one specific person and will show a clear preference to the one person who they have formed the attachment to. This is when they start to show stranger anxiety and separation anxiety. The person who they form the attachment to is the person who responds to their signals the most. They tend to use adults as a secure base.
  • Multiple attachments are now formed, these follow soon after the first attachment is made. The infant will show attachment behaviour to multiple people such as parents, siblings, grandparents and childminders. Most children will have multiple attachments by 18 months old and gradually fear of strangers starts to weaken.
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