The 4 stages of attachment

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  • The four stages of attachment
  • The asocial stage
  • Love me!!
  • Meh
  • Indiscriminate attachments
  • Hi mum!
  • He knows who I am!
  • By Schafer and Emmerson
  • Specific attachments
  • Babies produce similar responses to objects and people. They do not prefer specific people to others and they rapidly learn to discriminate familiar people from unfamiliar people.
  • Multiple attachments
  • He loves you Darryl!
  • Babies become more social able and can tell people apart. They show a preference for people rather than inanimate objects. They do not show fear of strangers or separation anxiety. They are comforted by anyone and do not show a preference for specific people yet, their attachment behaviour is said to be indiscriminate because it is not different for any one person
  • The end
  • Two changes happen around 7 months of age: The babies show separation anxiety and stranger anxiety. They have formed a specific attachment to one particular individual.
  • Mum? Where are you? Who is this strange man?!
  • Dad! Bring him back here!
  • Multiple attachments follow soon after the first attachment is made. The baby will show attachment behaviours towards several different people such as siblings, grandparents and childminders. Most children have multiple attachments by 18 months. Fear-of-strangers response starts to weaken.
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