Bowlby’s Attachment Theory

attachment to a caregiver over the first year of life has important consequences throughout the life span. if attachment = positive and secure, individual develops positively in childhood and adulthood. If attachment = negative and insecure, not optimal development

says caregiver and infant are predisposed to form attachments baby clings, coos, cries. immediate result is to keep the primary caregiver near by and the long-term effect is to increase the infant’s chances of survival

Phases of Attachment