PARENTAL RESPONSES ON THE AAI AND ATTACHMENT BEHAVIORS OF THEIR CHILDREN
By Joyce Parker, Ph.D.
The Strange Situation is a research technique that helps to identify the attachment style of toddlers. It consists of bringing a mother and her toddler child into a room with toys. There is a stranger in the room who attempts to engage the child in play. The mother is then asked to leave the room and the child’s response is observed. When the mother returns to the room the child’s response is again observed. These observations are the basis for determining the attachment style of the child. The Adult Attachment Interview is the research protocol that attempts to determine the attachment history of the parent. The parent’s responses on this instrument have been classified as secure/autonomous, dismissing and preoccupied. A different infant attachment style relates to each of these categories. From: Main, Mary, The Organized Categories of Infant, Child, and Adult Attachment: Flexible vs. Inflexible Attention Under Attachment-Related Stress, in Attachment: From Early Childhood through the Lifespan, p. 1091.
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