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Attachment in the early years
Attachment in the early years

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1 Introduction to attachment

The following audio is an interview between Professor Elizabeth Meins, from the University of York psychology department and John Oates of The Open University. Professor Meins’s research focuses on caregiver ‘mind-mindedness’ and its role in predicting children’s development and social cognition.

The audio will help to give you an overview of the topic of attachment in young children and will highlight some of the key themes. It is important to listen to this before continuing with this course.

Figure 1 Professor Elizabeth Meins
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Human beings are social animals; the ‘ties that bind us’ together are at the centre of our shared lives. From the moment of birth, attachment relationships are crucial to our survival and well-being. Research into attachment – what it is, how it develops and its role in our adult relationships – is one of the most active areas of research in psychology.