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  •  An attachment is an intense emotional tie between two individuals. Used to describe parent/child relationships.  There are four styles of attachment ◦ Secure Attachment: The child prefers the caregiver but is ok to explore and is comfortable around other people. The parent is loving, caring, and affectionate. ◦ Insecure-Avoidant: The child does not prefer mother to stranger. The parent is uncaring and does not show much interest in the child. ◦ Insecure-resistant: The child is clingy and seeks constant reassurance. The parent is very inconsistent. ◦ Insecure-disorganized: The child is often disoriented and shows a lack of coherency. The parent is neglectful, withdrawn, and in many cases abusive.
  •  In the 1970’s Mary Ainsworth created the “strange situation” experiment. In the experiment she brought at mother and child into a room with toys and then had the mother leave. She documented the child’s reaction to his or her mother leaving the room.
  • Types of Attachment in the Strange Situation Type Securely Attached Insecure Avoidant Insecure Resistant Disorganized/ Disoriented Mother Departs Mild protest No distress Massive Protest Dazed & confused Mother Returns Positive reunion No reunion Negative Reunion Dazed & confused Parent Behavior Loving, warm & sensitive Uncaring & rejecting; often don’t respond to child’s needs Inconsistent in child care; often not affectionate Often neglect or physically abuse their children
  •  Charlie and Phil both work in the natural foods division in a big food company.  They both get fired because their new cereal, Veggie-O’s, are unsuccessful.  Then they open a daycare center. CharliePhil
  •  On the first day several mothers drop their children off at daddy day care.  Each child has a different reaction to being left by their mother, demonstrating the different styles of attachment.  The children's reactions were similar to those of the children in the “Strange Situation” experiment.
  •  Nicky is dropped off at the daycare and he was happy.  He does not protest too much when his mother leaves.  But he is happy to see her when they are reunited. Nicky
  •  Nicky’s mother leaves him saying, “Love you Nicky”  She supports his independent hobbies  Nicky his an example of a secure attachment. ◦ He did not have a big problem leaving his mother. ◦ He was happy when his mother came to pick him up. ◦ His mother is loving and warm.
  •  Crispin is dropped off by his self-centered mother.  He does not care when she leaves and does not really care much when she comes back. Crispin
  •  His mother asks, “Is there an early drop off?”  She also leaves him there for an hour longer thank intended.  Crispin is an example of an insecure-avoidant attachment. ◦ There is no distress when left. ◦ There is no happy reunion. ◦ Crispin’s mother is unresponsive to his needs and shows very little interest in him.
  •  When Dylan is dropped off he throws a fit because he does not want to be left by his mother.  He cannot be soothed and flails. Dylan
  •  His mother informs Charlie and Phil that “She had just stopped breast feeding”.  But then she tells them that she has been so busy and because of a divorce.  She went from coddling him to not having very much time for him because of other commitments.  Dylan is an example of insecure-resistant attachment. ◦ When his mother leaves it is dramatic. ◦ It does not show them reuniting ◦ His mother’s parenting is inconsistent
  •  The writers of Daddy Day Care used the different attachment styles to show how different all of the children where.  They successfully showed extremes of parenting styles and how children attach to caregivers.
  •  Lecture notes/book  for information about Daddy Day Care