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Introduction to Attachment (02:16)


Dr. P.O. Svanberg explains the importance of early bonds between babies and caregivers. This film will follow babies as they develop secure attachments.

Birth to Six Weeks: Pre-Attachment (03:51)

John Bowlby proposed that infants keep their caregiver close for survival. Newborns communicate their needs through crying; parents respond sensitively to begin the attachment process. Inbuilt social behaviors include clinging, watching faces, eye contact, smiling, and eliciting parent reactions.

Six Weeks to Eight Months: Attachment in the Making (06:31)

Mothers respond sensitively to baby signals; mindfulness encourages emotional regulation. Signals are either distress indications or wanting to interact. At five months, Lila prefers her mother but allows strangers to pick her up. Babies can develop secondary attachment relationships in daycare settings.

Eight Months to Two Years: Attachment Behavior (05:05)

At nine months, Lila shows separation anxiety and develops object permanence. At sixteen months, she is securely attached—important in helping her language development.

Understanding Attachment Types (04:20)

Approximately 60% of children are securely attached. Svanberg defines avoidance and anxiously ambivalent forms of attachment. Hear how the "strange situation" assessment identifies the quality of attachment relationships.

Lila's Secure Attachments (02:27)

Lila is happy to see her father when he picks her up; she has several attachment figures in a hierarchy. She feels confident exploring with her mother nearby. Bowlby believed quality of early attachment affects emotional stability in adulthood.

Two Years and Onward: Increasing Independence (05:46)

Increased cognitive, motor and language skills give children more control. Conflicts are challenging to attachment relationships; caregivers must be sensitive and loving but consistent. Svanberg explains that toddlers are strong-willed to gain independence; parents use praise to shape child behavior.

Negotiating (04:40)

Negotiation becomes essential to the attachment relationship during toddler years. Parents should have a clear idea of what children can and cannot do. See Katrina negotiate with Seb during a shopping trip and when dropping him off at daycare.

Transitions (05:21)

Rona brings Fifi to daycare; he feels secure enough to explore on his own. Securely attached children have positive self-beliefs, begin to understand that their caregivers also have needs, and develop positive social relationships. With support, insecurely attached children can achieve positive developmental pathways.

Credits: Attachment in Practice: Birth to Three Years (00:60)

Credits: Attachment in Practice: Birth to Three Years

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The development of a secure attachment relationship is a crucial part of early development. Through careful observation of early relationships all other areas of development are observed as well. This program shows baby Orson as he develops through his first twelve months. The sequences show mother, father, six-year-old son, and newborn, Orson. They stretch over a whole year and show a wide range of development – from the first primitive reflexes to the grasping of object permanence and from the first eye contact after birth to fully developed attachment relationships. These sequences can be used to observe the main shifts in skills and abilities – physical, social, and cognitive – common to babies in their first year. It shows how attachment relationships build up and how affection, responsiveness, and consistency affect them. It also highlights how development is holistic and that cognitive development is not separate from emotional, social development, and communication.

Length: 42 minutes

Item#: BVL192503

ISBN: 978-1-64623-509-4

Copyright date: ©2004

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