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The 4 Stages of Attachment
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.
Babies shows responses that are similar to both humans and non humans. Learn to discriminate unfamiliar people to familiar people.
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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