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Early Attachments to caregivers are the building blocks for a child social relationships and emotional well beings.

From their first days, babies naturally look to their parents or caregivers to respond to them in consistent, sensitive, and loving ways. When babies and children find their caregivers to be responsive, they form secure attachments to them. Secure attachments help give children the confidence to explore their world, learn, and grow. While the early years of infancy are important, attachments can be formed and improved throughout childhood and the teen years.

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The Experience of Touch and the Development of Self

Skin is the largest sense organ that humans possess (Brennan & Loev, 1998).

Intergenerational Transmission of Attachment

Last week my blog post explored the historical underpinnings of attachment theory. 

The Birth of Attachment Theory

John Bowlby began his clinical observations of attachment behavior in the 1960s while working in a home for maladjusted boys.

Pornography and Attachment

Here is a glimpse into my dissertation research, which explores the vicissitudes of the mother-daughter attachment relationship through the lens of women who work in the sex industry.

Postpartum Recession

Am I ever going to want to hold and nurture my baby?”
“Do these feelings mean that I’m a bad mother?”

The presents of presence: A look at attachment and bonding

Early parenting is a whirlwind. Falling in love with your newborn does not necessarily happen over night.

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The First Connection

Your browser does not support the video tag. Dr. Lane Strathearn describes the enduring nature of the mother-child bond and how that sets...

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