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Describe the nature and significance of Type D (disorganised) attachment in infancy and early childhood

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  • Submitted: 26/10/2009
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Title: Describe the nature and significance of Type D (disorganised) attachment in infancy and early childhood.

Type D (disorganised) is one of the attachment types, where children acting differently in "Strange Situation ". The name of the method which shows how strong is the relationship between the infant and his/her caregiver is called "Strange Situation". This method was created by Ainsworth and her colleagues, in a way to show how relaxed and good an infant feels when he is stressed and he is with his caregiver. The other three types of attachment are type A the avoidant infant's, type B-secure and type C-ambivalent infant's. These types are showing how much distress infants feel when their not with their mother or the use of their caregiver as a support to discover (cited in Understanding children's development book, Fourth edition, chapter 4, pages 94-96).

However, after following the Ainsworths studies where she gained her doctorate, Mary Main had found a fourth category about infant's attachment and with Solomon (1986, 1990) named this category disorganised/disoriented babies. Mothers or caregivers with depression or caregivers who mistreat their infants will make their children's to be confused when they grow up and act strange

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