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Why a Baby’s Connection With a Parent Matters

Child psychiatrists studying attachment theory have discovered that children with strong bonds to their parents have a greater sense of self-confidence, better problem-solving ability, greater independence, better language competence, and better ability to form social relationships.

“Attachment theory was developed in the mid-20th century by a British psychiatrist, John Bowlby, whose own upper-class British upbringing included the loss of a beloved nanny, and an early trip to boarding school. Mary Ainsworth, his student and later collaborator, devised what is known as the strange situation procedure, in which a 1-year-old is briefly separated from the parent or caregiver, and then reunited, and the behavior during reunions is closely observed.”

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