PSYC21H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Cognitive Development, Meta-Analysis, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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28 Sep 2013
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A strong emotional bond that forms between infant and caregiver in the second half of the child"s first year. The development of attachment relationships is a major achievement in the infant"s early social life. Infants form attachment to the important people in their lives. Attachment marks the beginning of a child"s social life. Attachment is a key element of social development, as highlighted in the media through various movies (i. e. rabbit-proof fence, i am sam, martian child) Attachments in young children are characterized by the following features: selective, physical proximity seeking. Effort to maintain closeness to objects of attachment: comfort and security. Achieving proximity to attachment objects: separation distress. When an attachment tie is severed, a child is distressed. An attachment object acts as a safe haven that a child can return to in cases of uncertainty and danger. Both of these theories are based on moms, as well as oral stimulation.

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