4 Stages of Attachment

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  • The 4 Stages of Attachment
  • Asocial Stage
  • Indiscriminate Attachments
  • Emmerson and Schafer conducted a study where they used 60 babies from Glasgow, Scotland and recorded their findings on attachment. From this study they theorised 4 stages of attachment.
  • Specific Attachments
  • Babies shows responses that are similar to both humans and non humans. Learn to discriminate unfamiliar people to familiar people.
  • Multiple Attachments
  • Babies prefer humans to inanimate objects, so they become more sociable and are able to tell people apart. Do not have strong preference to a specific person
  • 2 changes occur around 7 months ago: babies show separation and stranger anxiety. Form specific attachment to the person that is most sensitive to baby's signals.
  • Multiple attachments after a first one is made. Baby shows attachment behaviours to different people like grandparents. Most have multiple attachments by 18 months old. They start to lose fear of strangers.
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