Theory of Development and Attachment Analytical Essay by Nicky

Theory of Development and Attachment
A look at the theory of development as it relates to attachment.
# 148722 | 759 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 03, 2011 in Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Psychology (Social)

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This paper presents an analysis of Edward John Bowlby's theory of development, focusing on attachment between the infant and caregiver. First, the paper considers the positive aspects of this theory, pointing out that the infant develops a loving and trusting relationship with the parent which forms the basis of future relationships. The paper also points out the negative aspects of this theory, such as the stress the infant endures when separated from the primary caregiver.

From the Paper:

"There are several key advantages this theory holds for the nature of development in human beings. Within the theory of attachment, infants are allowed to feel secure within their relationships with their caregivers. "When the child feels threatened or afraid, he or she can return to the caregiver for comfort and soothing," and this then sets up future potential to trust or distrust other people at different intersections within the child's life (Van Wagner 1). This allows infants to trust, and to have a security system when dealing with things which scare them. On top of a basis for relationships, this theory of attachment also allows for the infant to be able to learn and explore the external world under the care and guidance of his or her caregiver, "The caregiver provides a secure and dependable base for the child to explore the world," (Van Wagner 1). Thus, infants with healthy attachments to their caregivers can feel secure enough to explore confidently. Such supportive attachments to parents and other family members allow for stronger levels of confidence later on life. It is within this context that many other sub-theories have been created and defined as a basis for adult relationships and self-confidence levels."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cambridge Encyclopedia. "Edward John Bwlby--Background, Career, Legacy, Selected Biography." StateUniversity.Com. 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2009 at
  • Van Wagner, Kendra. "Attachment Theory: An Overview of Attachment Theory." Psychology. 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2009 at

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