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Patterns of Attachment: A Psychological Study of the Strange Situation (Psychology Press & Routledge Classic Editions)

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There is still no better introduction to attachment theory and research than Patterns of Attachment.Jay Belsky, Robert M. and Natalie Reid Dorn Professor, Department of Human Ecology, University of California, Davis, USA

Patterns of Attachment is a landmark contribution to multiple scientific disciplines that revolutionized the understanding of the processes underlying attachment and continues to be one of the most important and influential scientific works of the past half-century. Dante Cicchetti, McKnight Presidential Chair, William Harris Professor, and Professor of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, USA

Patterns of Attachment is one of the most important studies ever conducted by developmental scientists. Thanks to the Classic Editions series for keeping this classic work available and for the new preface and expanded appendices, which greatly enhance this already stunning work. ―L. Alan Sroufe, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, USA

Patterns of Attachment presents the ABCs of a truly generative developmental heuristics. It is rich with original methods and bold, testable conjectures. This makes it a classic of theoretical and observational progress in developmental science. This timely reissue will inspire new generations of developmental researchers to thoroughly interrogate and continuously adjust basic hypotheses of attachment theory. Marinus H. van IJzendoorn, Professor of Child and Family Studies, Leiden University and Professor of Human Development, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

At last, this classic is again now widely available. For researchers new to attachment theory, this is an invaluable introduction. For researchers familiar with attachment, the new preface and the inclusion of the complete maternal sensitivity scales provide important historical context and contemporary updates.Marsha Weinraub, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology and Chair, Psychology Department, Temple University, USA

The Baltimore Longitudinal Study changed the course of developmental psychology, and provided an important bridge from developmental to clinical research. The reissue of this classic reminds us of its historical significance and contemporary relevance. Charles H. Zeanah, Jr., M.D., Sellars-Polchow Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, and Vice-Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Tulane University, USA

About the Author

Mary D. Salter Ainsworth, Ph.D. was Professor Emerita in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia.

Mary C. Blehar, Ph.D. is affiliated with the National Institutes of Health.

Everett Waters, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Sally N. Wall, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at Notre Dame of Maryland University.


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Product Details

  • Series: Psychology Press & Routledge Classic Editions
  • Paperback: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Psychology Press (July 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848726821
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848726826
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 1996
Format: Hardcover
Mary Ainsworth, a student of Bowlby, is a pioneer of attachment theory. This book describes her seminal experiment called "The Strange Situation," which tested how infants responded to reunion episodes with their mothers. Using this experimental setup, Ainsworth and her coworkers were able to identify securely attached babies and two types of insecurely attached babies. Long-term follow-up studies by other researchers have confirmed these findings and shown that there are long-term serious consequences for those infants who suffer attachment pathology in the early months of their life. A classic.
Ivri Kumin, M.D
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