Major Movements in Psychology

Attachment Theory

What kind of parenting results in securely attached babies?

In Ainsworth’s sample, securely attached children were more likely to have mothers who were reliably sensitive and responsive to the child’s cues as measured in the home environment. Mothers who were more sensitive to their infants during feeding, play, physical contact, and episodes of emotional distress in the first three months of life were more likely to have securely attached infants at twelve months.


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