BCD404 - Attachment Across the Lifespan

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Subject Title
Attachment Across the Lifespan

Subject Description
Theories of attachment focus on the nature of social and emotional adult-child relationships and how they develop. Literature on attachment enables students to examine how attachment affects development, what effect caregiving (both in home and out of home) has on attachment and how early attachments affect relationships in later life. Observations in diverse settings will enable students to identify and describe behaviours associated with different patterns of attachment. Students will examine how attachment can be nurtured and optimized between caregiver and child. In addition, an examination of the criticisms of attachment theory will be scrutinized and alternate relational constructs discussed.

Credit Status
BCD404 is a required subject in the Honours Bachelor of Child Development degree.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will be able to:

  1. Compare different caregiving styles and their potential social, emotional and cognitive outcomes from infancy through to adulthood.
  2. Recognize the implications that supportive interactions have on brain development and its correlates - emotion regulation, and social competence throughout the lifespan.
  3. Evaluate the key findings of relational research and explain its ramifications on child development and care in a variety of contexts..
  4. Critically compare diverse relational constructs and their cultural implications on the dimensions of caregiver-child relationships across cultures and generations..
  5. Create a relational caregiver-child profile based on authentic and evidence-based data to support chldren's well-being in a variety of settings.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Topic Outline

  • Origins and context of Attachment Theory: Bowlby, Ainsworth, and Main
  • Attachment classifications and behavioural patterns of security and insecurity in early childhood and across the life span
  • Influence of attachment on neurobiology
  • Parenting and intergenerational transmission of attachment
  • Implications for attachment disorder
  • Primary and secondary attachment figures in different settings
  • Cross-cultural research on attachment
  • Alternative relational constructs to attachment
  • Multiple perspective-taking within attachment-related research topics
  • The residential school experience and attachment parenting

Mode of Instruction

  • Collaborative discussions
  • Interactive media-rich lectures
  • Small group activities
  • Wed-based interactions
  • Presentations
  • Case Studies

Prescribed Texts
Goldberg, S. (2000) Attachment and development: An integrative approach. New York: Routledge.
Stern, D. N. (2004). The first relationship: Infant and mother (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Final Exam                      30%
Case Study                     40%
Literature Review             30%

Creating a Climate of Respect
Building knowledge collaboratively (social constructivism) is the theoretical cornerstone of the BCD program. To be consistent with this philosophy, the program supports the creation of a culture of respect and collegiality among faculty, students, and staff. We rely on all participants to demonstrate respect by keeping appointments, being on time for classes, listening to the diverse perspectives of others, and being clear and sensitive in communication.
Personal information is often shared in classes. Students are required to keep this information confidential. For assignments, classroom discussions, and other learning situations, you must protect the identity of the people and settings you mention and circumstances related by other students and/or staff.
Preparing Assignments
It is assumed that all work will be of professional quality. Unless your professor states that work may be submitted by a group, you are expected to prepare your own work for evaluation. All assignments must be word-processed in APA* format. Any student’s work containing numerous spelling, typographical or grammatical errors will result in the loss of marks. Work that is illegible will be returned ungraded and zero (0) marks will be earned.
Assignment Policies
It is the student’s responsibility to deliver assignments to faculty members. Most assignments require submission via Blackboard through Safe Assign using a file format specified by your instructor. Students are not permitted to fax copies of assignments and email should only be used for assignments under special circumstances and with prior consent of the professor.
In many of the courses in the BCD program, there will be group assignments. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the professor well in advance if there are difficulties within the group that prevent members from working in a cohesive, respectful, and collaborative manner.
Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to keep copies (assignments, etc.) used for evaluation purposes.
Due Dates and Extensions
Due dates for assignments and other evaluation procedures for each subject are set in class.
Requests for extensions must be made to the professor before the due date. Many professors require written requests and approval forms for extensions.
The last day to submit a late assignment is the last day of classes for that subject. Some professors require that assignment be handed in during the last scheduled class.
Unless an extension has already been approved by the professor, assignments received after the final day of a subject will receive 0 marks.
In the BCD program, there is no option to re-write an assignment when the grade earned is an “F” (below 50%). The final course grade will be based on the combined weighted total of all course evaluations.
As a student at Seneca College, you are expected to read the College Academic Policy, College Student Handbook, and the BCD Student Handbook. Please note: The information contained in the Academic Policy and Student Handbooks is very important.
*APA format refers to the American Psychological Association. They have established a style that is used in all the books and journals that the Association publishes. Many others working in the social and behavioural sciences have adopted this style as their standard as well. When writing in APA format, you need to consider the rules and guidelines for:

  • Font type and size
  • Margins and line spacing
  • Punctuation and abbreviations
  • Construction of tables
  • Selection of headings
  • Citation of references
  • Presentation of statistics
  • As well as many other elements that are a part of every manuscript

Approved by: Sandra Noble