Stages of Attachment


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  • *no reaction*
  • *baby is given attention* *laughs and smiles*
  • *baby is left alone* *cries*
  • *baby is given to a family friend* *baby cries as he is unfamiliar*
  • *baby is has a strong attachment to mom - who responds more sensitively*
  • Asocial Stage (0-6 weeks): •Babies produce similar responses to objects and people •They generally don't prefer specific people to others •They rapidly learn to discriminate familiar people from unfamiliar people
  • Indiscriminate Attachments (6 weeks to 7 months): •Babies become more sociable and can tell people apart •They show a preference for human company and respond equally to any caregiver but get upset when they cease interaction
  • Specific Attachment (7-9 months): •Babies develop a preference for one primary attachment figure who is most sensitive to their signals •Look for particular people for security, comfort and protection. •They display stranger anxiety and separation anxiety
  • Multiple Attachments (10 months onwards): •Baby becomes increasingly independent and forms multiple attachments. •Attachments are more likely to form with those who ere most sensitive to the baby's signals, called sensitive responsiveness
  • *baby is with mom and mom's sisters* *baby laughs with all of them*
  • Multiple Attachments (10 months onwards) Continued: •People that the baby may have formed attachments with may be other family members, such as siblings or grandparents •They show less signs of stranger anxiety
  • *baby is with older siblings* *laughs and smiles with any sibling*
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