Article3 - Article 3: The Nature of the Childs Ties John...

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Article 3: The Nature of the Child’s Ties” John Bowlby’s work on attachment theory o He found that major disruptions in the mother-child relationship are precursors of later psychopathology o The infant’s tie to his/her mother came from a biologically based desire for proximity that arose through he process of natural selection Biological bases of attachment behavior o From an evolutionary perspective, genetic selection favored attachment behaviors because they increased the likelihood of child- mother proximity, which then increased the likelihood of protection and provided survival advantage o Attachment is a normal and healthy characteristic of humans o Attachment behaviors are organized into an “attachment behavioral system” Involves inherent motivation System is not driven by simple pleasurable associations The system allows the individual to respond flexibly to environmental changes while attempting to attain a goal—same
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2011 for the course HD 3620 taught by Professor Campa,m. during the Spring '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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