Just a quick evaluation nugget for you. Fraley and Spieker (2003) have found that classifying infants by type may not be accurate. The researchers looked at data recorded for over 1000 children involved in the NICHD study. The data had been collected from observations made in the strange situation. The re-analysis showed that variations in patterns was largely continuous i.e. children didn’t possess a cluster of characteristics typical of one particular category. Instead they differed along various dimensions such as response to mother’s return.This challenges any research which has categorised children as secure, insecure-resistant or insecure-avoidant because such exclusive categories don’t represent reality, according to this research. Fraley, R. C., & Spieker, S. J. (2003). Are infant attachment patterns continuously or categorically distributed? A taxometric analysis of strange situation behavior. Developmental Psychology, 39, 387-404.
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I’d like to thank the students and staff at Twynham School for spotting our latest error. On page 41 we have swapped Type A and Type B in the table at the top – secure attachment is Type B and insecure-avoidant is Type A (it’s shown as the other way around in the table). This may seem strange but Ainsworth and co. deliberately did this so that secure attachment would not be labelled the ‘best’.
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