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Attachment describes the unique human ability to form lasting relationships with others, and to maintain these relationships over time and distance. Research into attachment has shown that children have the potential to form many attachment relationships, and that each relationship can contribute to the child's growing sense of self. This booklet provides insights in to the ways that caregivers can establish positive relationships with children. The booklet summarizes John Bowlby's theory of attachment relationships, and details the secure and insecure attachment types. It then explores using this attachment theory for understanding children's behavior, describing parent-child separations and peer interactions/conflicts as they might occur within the secure, insecure-avoidant, insecure-ambivalent, and disorganized attachment models. The booklet notes that the challenge to building secure attachment relationships with children is to avoid reinforcing any existing insecurities, and to provide children with experiences of secure interactions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalResearch in practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes


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