Quality of Attachment

The stability and strength of attachment depends on the quality of parental-infant interaction patterns. A positive attachment is developed by a combination of nurturant-affectionate behaviors and the expression of resistant-angry behaviors in the infant and child. Chronic unresolved anger in parent and child disturbs attachment formation. Rhythm and timing have been found to affect the quality of attachment. Infants are more attached to the parent who responds quickly and spontaneously initiates interactions. Later studies by Ainsworth reveal that the quality of attachment depends on stimulation and control of the environment and child. Ainsworth stated that infants may be securely or anxiously attached, thus affecting the quality and stability of attachment.

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