Psych 101 Lecture 8

Psych 101 Lecture 8 - Attachment Theory Beginning with Harlow attachment theories speculate that humans have a drive for intimacy and relatedness

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Attachment Theory: •Beginning with Harlow, attachment theories speculate that humans have a drive for intimacy and relatedness. •This hypothesis leads to several decades of research on attachment, loss and personality •Attachment refers to an enduring emotional tie between child and caretaker •Attachment involves –Desire of the child to be close to the caretaker –A sense of security around the caretaker –Feelings of distress when the caretaker is absent Strange Situation experiment: –Mother leaves her child (12-18 months of age) alone in a room of toys –A stranger enters the room for a while –Mother rejoins her child The Strange Situation reveals 4 patterns of attachment : –Secure: –Avoidant: avoiding mother –Ambivalent: angry, upset, hard time getting comfort –Disorganized: Adult attachment patterns predict: –Whether people want to have children –The attachment pattern of their children –How people cope with stressful life events Negative effects of poor attachment
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This note was uploaded on 02/16/2011 for the course PSYC 101 taught by Professor Jogmen during the Fall '08 term at Loyola Chicago.

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Psych 101 Lecture 8 - Attachment Theory Beginning with Harlow attachment theories speculate that humans have a drive for intimacy and relatedness

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