the strange situation procedure

the strange situation procedure

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  • The child is encouraged to explore in this environment with the caregiver (mother) - This tests exploration and secure base. 
  • A stranger comes in and tries to interact with the child - this is testing stranger anxiety.
  • the caregiver leaves the room with the child and stranger together - testing separation and stranger anxiety.
  • the caregiver returns and the stranger leaves the room - testing reunion behaviour and exploration/secure base.
  • the caregiver leaves the child alone - tests separation anxiety.
  • the stranger returns - testing stranger anxiety... and lastly the caregiver returns - testing reunion behaviour.
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