Attachment Behaviors at 18 Months

Lynne Sanford Koester and Kathryn P. Meadow-Orlans

in The World of Deaf Infants

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780195147902
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893775 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives on Deafness

Attachment Behaviors at 18 Months

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For at least 30 years, infant-caregiver attachment has been a primary focus of developmental psychologists, and the Ainsworth Strange Situation Procedure (SSP) has been utilized in literally hundreds of research studies. The SSP involves a series of separations from and reunions with the mother, as well as episodes during which a stranger is also in the room with the infant. This procedure has enabled researchers to observe infants (typically 12- to 20-month-olds) in a standardized laboratory situation consisting of several 3-minute episodes. This chapter describes the theoretical and methodological background for this assessment; the results from other studies linking attachment outcomes to earlier face-to-face interactions, play behaviors, and family stress; the relevance of attachment to the study of deaf children; and results from analyses of attachment data from this project.

Keywords: attachment behaviors; infant-caregiver; developmental psychologists; Strange Situation Procedure

Chapter.  5705 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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