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The Relevance of Attachment Theory and Mother-Infant Bonding to the Practice of Music Therapy
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THE RELEVANCE OF ATTACHMENT THEORY AND MOTHER-INFANT BONDING TO THE PRACTICE OF MUSIC THERAPY Introduction Relationships are crucial in human development for a wide array of reasons and many known theorists supposed that no social affiliation is more significant than the first and that is, the bond between the mother and the infant.
The Attachment Theory The attachment theory was postulated by a British psychiatrist named John Bowlby and it was further elaborated on by his colleague who an American developmental psychologist is named Mary Ainsworth (Sigelman & Rider, 2009, p. 406). “The theory was grounded primarily on ethological theory and therefore asked how attachment might have evolved” (Sigelman & Rider, 2009). This theory also derived some of its concepts from psychoanalytic theory as stressed by Sigelman and Rider (2009). “According to Bowlby , an attachment is a strong affection tie that binds a person to an intimate companion; moreover, it is also a behavioural system through which humans regulate their emotional distress when under threat and achieve a sense of security by seeking proximity to another person” (Sigelman & Rider, 2009, p. 407). In addition, Bowlby argued that just as infants are programmed to respond to their caregivers, adults are biologically programmed to respond to an infant's signals; accordingly, it is rather daunting for an adult to ignore a baby's cry or fail to warm to a baby's grin (Sigelman & Rider, 2009). ...
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