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Chapter 1: Attachments in Infancy and beyond
Attachments in Infancy and beyond
Recent attempts to understand adults' close relationships from an attachment perspective have been strongly influenced by Bowlby's seminal work on attachment and loss (Bowlby, 1969, 1973, 1980). Bowlby explores the processes by which bonds of affection are formed and broken; in particular, he describes how infants become emotionally attached to their primary caregivers and emotionally distressed when separated from them. Bowlby is convinced that children need a close and continuous relationship with a primary caregiver to thrive emotionally. He sees existing psychological theories as inadequate for explaining the intense attachment of infants and young children to the caregiver and their dramatic responses to separation (Bretherton, 1992).
[Page 2]Bowlby (1969, 1973, 1980) draws on concepts from many sources, ...