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Attachment, Family and the Development Child

Describe the types of attachment styles, including the impact of each style on the development of a child within the context of the family system, given the types of interactions discussed your readings. Elaborate on how parenting styles, family dynamics, socioeconomic factors, and the developmental processes within the child converge to positively or negatively impact the attachment process across the span of childhood. How can we use our understanding of the attachment process to inform her work is marriage and family counselors and therapists?

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Attachment, Families, and the Developing Child

(1) Describe the types of attachment styles, including the impact of each style on the development of a child within the context of the family system, given the types of interactions discussed your readings.

Ainsworth categorized the infants into groups into three styles: (a) securely, (b) insecurely and (c) attached (Attachment theory and parenting styles). The securely attached children regarded their mothers as a safe haven from which they could explore their environment. Therefore they didn't become upset when the mother left them, and happy when she returned. The insecurely attached, either ignored the mother when she returned, or ignored the mother. In addition, the infant cried until the mother retuned, or showed some other disruptive behavior. The findings from this research revealed the stability of the securely attached infant, and the instability of the insecurely attached infant. The behavior of the child "strongly predicted the quality of their adjustment by the time they reached early adulthood" (jdrury.hubpages.com). The securely attached infant would go on to become well-balanced teens and young adults; whereas the insecurely attached infant had a much unbalanced life (Whitbourne, 2014). Ainsworth (1970 as cited in Hill, 2006) observations regarding her laboratory experiment led to the following different attachment styles:

(a) Secure Attachment

This is the ideal relationship between primary caregiver and infant. The infant demonstrates a willingness to explore a new environment while the primary caregiver is around. He or she is upset when left alone or with a stranger but greets the primary caregiver happily upon his or her return and actively seeks comfort from them.

(b) Insecure-Avoidant Attachment

When the ...

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This solution discusses attachment styles and the impact on the developing child. References used are included.

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