Attachment: the infant primate becomes “attached” to its mother.
All normal kids are attached to their mother/caregiver.
Aimsworth studied “attachment” to understand the basis and mechanisms for love.
Bowlby argues that disruption of a child’s initial attachment with its mother (or that’s the mother
child relationship) forms a working model: a template for ALL later relationships
Socialization research, how the environment may affect the child’s psychological/social
o Ex: children that are attached tend to be happier/interact more/have more friends/less
Socialization research is based on correlations, not experiments.
o Random assignmentmanipulationoutcome
o Groups are treated identically except for the manipulation
o Can’t do experiments with attachments because can’t separate kids from parents for
Socialization research takes advantage of natural variations in parenting behavior:
o Groups may have pre-existing differences
o Manipulations cannot be controlled
o Groups may not be treated identically
Correlational research provides weak claims for causality. (doesn’t mean attachment CAUSES
Summarize: correlation vs. causation
o Demonstrating that a correlation exists between 2 variables is useful.
o We cannot safely infer that variation in one variable causes changes in the other.
Experiments conduct these experiments in order to show the benefits of different lifestyles
o If you do the right things, y