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Making Sense of Disorganised Attachment Behaviour in Pre-school Children

Shemmings, David (2016) Making Sense of Disorganised Attachment Behaviour in Pre-school Children. International Journal of Birth and Parent Education, 4 (1). ISSN 2054-0779. E-ISSN 2054-0787.

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The concept of ‘disorganised attachment’ arose from the ‘Strange Situation Procedure’ designed by John Bowlby’s colleague, Mary Ainsworth, which led to the discovery of three distinctive patterns of attachment termed ‘secure’, ‘insecure: anxious-avoidant’ and ‘insecure: anxious-ambivalent’. Some children do not fit any of these categories. This article explores possible mechanisms for their ‘disorganised’ attachment, concluding that if a child cannot find comfort, reassurance or protection from a caring adult when severely stressed, then this can lead to developmental problems later on; but if the ‘caring adult’ is the cause of the fear then this can be even more damaging.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Disorganised attachment behaviour, family support, outer and inner worlds
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: David Shemmings
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2017 13:10 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 04:13 UTC
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