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What is attachment theory?

Attachment theory looks at how we form relationships with others. This is learned through our experience of our first relationship: the parent-child bond.

This bond can influence how confident children are in exploring their environment, how they react to strangers, how they behave when stressed, and how their social skills develop.

Family is the biggest influence in a child’s development so, when working with a child, it is important to understand how a child fits into their family and how family relationships develop.

How is it used?

Read the following paper if you want a fuller understanding of the Dynamic-Maturational Model of attachment and adaptation and how it is used to understand and support children’s development:

PDF DMM assessments of attachment and adaptation: Procedures, validity and utility (275k)
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