Attachment in Infancy and Early Childhood


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EAD410 - Attachment in Infancy and Early Childhood

Attachment theorists have produced empirical research, which informs practitioners about the qualitative nature of social and emotional relationships and how they develop. Using the rich literature, the students will explore how attachment affects behaviour, what effect caregiving (both parental and out of home) has on the quality of attachment and how early attachments affect relationships in later life. Through observations in naturalistic settings such as home, child-care and school settings, students will understand and be able to describe fully behaviours associated with the different patterns of attachment, the significance of these behaviours and the strategies that can optimize nurturing and attachment between caregiver and child.

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