Infant Attachment Theory: 4 Stages of Parent-Infant Attachment


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Stranger anxiety would MOST likely be the highest if an infant was seated _____.

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When Kate's infant son cries or needs to be fed, anyone can soothe him, it does not necessarily need to be Kate or her husband.

Which attachment stage is Kate's son currently in?


Place the following attachment phases in their correct order:

I. Goal Corrected Partnership

II. Undiscriminating Social Responsiveness

III. Active Proximity Seeking

IV. Discriminating Social Responsiveness

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

A great deal of study has gone into analyzing infant-parent attachment, with the results showing there are four stages. This assessment will cover the four stages of infant-parent attachment, the ages when each stage occurs and what drives that attachment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on infant-parent attachment and related vocabulary words, including:

  • The term for fear when infants are separated from their caregiver
  • The term for a caregiver who serves as a safe place from which an infant can explore
  • The circumstance that would cause the greatest degree of stranger anxiety in an infant
  • The stage in which the infant develops long-lasting attachment with a caregiver
  • The stage in which the infant does not have a preference for any human

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as what happens during the different stages of attachment
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the stage when an infant may become upset if the caregiver leaves the room
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as attachment, stranger anxiety and caregiver

Additional Learning

Be sure to review the accompanying lesson called Infant Attachment Theory: 4 Stages of Parent-Infant Attachment for further details. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define attachment and describe when attachments begin with infants
  • Explain the types of social responsiveness
  • Define goal corrected partnership and describe when an infant exhibits this
  • Differentiate between the types of anxiety
  • Describe the importance of comfort and food in an infant's development of attachments