Major Movements in Psychology

Attachment Theory

What implications does attachment style have for later child development?

Alan Sroufe and his colleagues conducted several studies looking at the impact of attachment status on later childhood development. Children who were classified as securely attached were more likely to have better relationships with peers and teachers in later childhood than those classified as insecure. Insecure-resistant children showed overly dependent behavior with teachers while insecure-avoidant behavior showed overly independent behavior. These children were less likely to seek help from teachers when problem solving even if they could not solve the problems by themselves.


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