Major Movements in Psychology

Attachment Theory

What does it mean to be insecurely attached?

A child who is insecurely attached is viewed as feeling insecure about the mother’s emotional availability or responsivity to the child’s attachment cues. The child then modifies his or her attachment behavior to adapt to the mother’s behavior. There are several categories of insecure attachment. Ainsworth originally proposed two categories, avoidant and resistant attachment, but another category, disorganized attachment, was added later.


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