Childrens Attachment Styles

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Compared to other groups of children, foster children are the most vulnerable. The majority of foster children are removed from their homes due to neglect and abuse (physical, mental, sexual) from their parents or caregivers. When the causes of maltreatment are looked into, Belsky (1993) says in his article that there is "no shortage of causal agents" that is raised to give explanations on why such abuse and neglect happens to a child.

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According to Van Wagner (n.d.), "attachment is a special emotional relationship that involves an exchange of comfort, care, and pleasure". Attachment, which has branched out to many researches and studies have originated from John Bowlby's theory of attachment. That is, it is in human's nature to have the tendency to make strong emotional bonds and connections to particular individuals. Attachment styles that are attained in childhood can have a probable effect on how a child grows into adulthood. Through this theory, there is a better understanding of child development.
Kassin (2004) defines styles of attachments as the secure and insecure attachment. These types of attachments were recognized after the "Strange Situation" test done on parents and their infants to test their reactions after a "separation and reunion" procedure. An infant with a secure attachment is secure when the parent is present. Although distressed by separation, there is no significant trouble when this happens. Upon reuniting with parents after separation, a securely attached child welcomes the parent positively.
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