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Advances in Psychological Science    2014, Vol. 22 Issue (12) : 1911-1923     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2014.01911
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Forming of Attachment: The Contribution of Mother and Infant in Protection Situation
LIANG Xi; WANG Zhengyan
(Beijing Key Laboratory of Learning and Cognition and Department of Psychology, Capital Normal University, Beijing 100048, China)
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Child-mother attachment, as a primary relationship established during infancy, has a significant influence in the process of socialization during early childhood. Recent research has outlined three approaches to the studies of parenting and child development, including trait approach, domain-specific view approach and social cognition approach. In these studies, the authors discriminated the different roles of maternal sensitivity, protective situation and social anticipation of infant in the developing attachment security. By comparing the different understanding of mother-child interaction between trait approach and social cognition approach, as well as strengthening the importance of the interactive situation from domain-specific view approach, the authors proposed the necessity and possibility of integration of all three elements emphasized by different researchers. Finally, future attachment intervenes should aim at improving parents’ abilities of awareness and response to infants’ negative emotion, and providing appropriate contingent experience learning for infants.

Keywords attachment      maternal sensitivity      domain-specific view approach      social anticipation     
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Issue Date: 15 December 2014
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LIANG Xi,WANG Zhengyan. Forming of Attachment: The Contribution of Mother and Infant in Protection Situation[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2014, 22(12): 1911-1923.
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