Schaffers stages of attachment

Schaffers stages of attachment

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  • Asocial (0-8 weeks)
  • You can hold him, he doesn't have a specific preference for anyone or anything yet
  • Will he mind if I hold him?
  • Indiscriminate (2-7 months)
  • *Smiles at everyone. Not fearful of strangers*
  • Specific (7-12 months)
  • Sorry, he's very anxious of other people at the minute, especially unfamiliar adults!
  • Yes, hes formed multiple attachments! And he knows who you are!
  • Baby recognises carers and forms bonds. Behaviour towards human and non-human objects is similar. However, babies have a preference for familiar adults.
  • Multiple (1 year +)
  • He seems much more sociable now!
  • Babies show more observable behaviour and show a preference for people rather than inanimate objects. Babies accept affection and comfort from any adult and don't usually show stranger or separation anxiety.
  • Begin to show anxiety towards unfamiliar adults and become anxious when separated from primary caregiver. Primary caregiver is not necessarily the person whom the baby spends most time with but the person who offers most interaction and responds to signals with the most skill.
  • *Cries* I don't know you! Where's my Mum?
  • Shortly after forming one attachment, babies extend this attachment to multiple individuals, with whom they regularly spend time. These are called secondary attachments.
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