the strange situation procedure
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.
Explore Our Articles and Examples