Attachment in the early years
Attachment in the early years

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Attachment in the early years

7.5 Key concepts, theorists and issues

The table below sets out the core ideas for this course, their sources and the research questions that they address.

Table 2 Key concepts, theorists and issues

Concepts Theorists Issues



What function(s) does attachment serve?

Innate mechanism


How does attachment develop and differentiate?

Internal working model (IWM)


Are there one or many attachment figures?

A, B, C attachment classifications


Does attachment develop with the biological mother only?

Attachment disorganisation

What affects the development of attachment?

Evolution and adaptiveness

Secure base

What is the role of culture in attachment?


What are the roles of genes and environments in attachment?



Gene–environment interaction


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