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Attachment and Loss

Attachment and loss


The theory of attachment suggests babies and young children need to create satisfactory emotional bonds with their caretakers if they are to develop as healthy children and adults, and make adequate relationships throughout life. Attachment theory is also the basis for some theories of loss.


Attachment theory is a form of developmental psychology emphasizing the baby and young child's primary attachment figure(s), including experiences of separation and reunion. Attachment is seen as an innate and thus universal need, but the ways in which this need is met and its implications for child development vary considerably (van Ijzendoorn et al., 2007). Childhood relationships are seen as the foundation on which a complex set of developmental processes are built, with consequences for emotional ...

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