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Schaffer and Emerson (1964) stages of attachment.

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  • Asocial (0-6 weeks)
  • Indiscriminate attachments (6 weeks-7 months)
  • Indiscriminate attachments (6 weeks-7 months)
  • Very young infants are asocial in that many kinds of stimuli, both social and non-social, produce a favourable reaction, such as a smile.
  • Specific attachment (7-9 months)
  • Infants indiscriminately enjoy human company and most babies respond equally to any caregiver.
  • Multiple attachment (10+ months)
  • They get upset when an individual ceases to interact with them.
  • Multiple attachment (10+ months)
  • Special preference for a single attachment figure. The infant will look to particular people for security, protection and comfort. It will show fears of strangers (stranger fear) and unhappiness when separation from a special person (separation anxiety).
  • The baby becomes increasingly more independent and forms several attachments.
  • The results of the study indicated that attachments were most likely to form with those who responded accurately to the baby's signals, not those that spent the most time with the baby (sensitive responsiveness).
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