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The Formation of Attachments (1)


Child Psychology Attachment

The attachments we form at their earliest stages of our lives have a marked impact on the people we grow to become. As babies, we form inseparable bonds with those who provide us with the care with need to survive. At its heart, attachment theory is purely a survival mechanism – we remain closest to those who provide us with what we need to survive. Nevertheless, both the formation and maintenance of attachments runs so much deeper than this fundamental survival instinct alone. It is a critically importance concept in the field of child psychology – one that can influence a child’s developmental progress like nothing else.

This exclusive ‘child psychology attachment’ tutorial forms part of a two-part introduction to one of the most important child psychology subtopics. Study a broad definition and explanation of attachment theory, along with maternal depravation hypothesis, mother child bond psychology, evolutionary theory and a full investigation of Bowlby’s Attachment Theory. Explore Harlow’s Studies of Monkeys and Attachments, Spitz’ Studies of Children in Institutions, the various different types of attachment in children and more.



  • Explain what Attachment is
  • Identify the kinds of Attachment Theories and Evolution
  • Analyze the Harlow’s Studies of Monkeys and Attachments

Programme Content


  • What is Attachment?
  • Bowlby’s  Attachment Theory
  • Evolutionary Theory
  • Maternal Deprivation Hypothesis
  • Internal Working Models
  • Harlow’s Studies of Monkeys and Attachments
  • Spitz’ Studies of Children in Institutions
  • Robertson (1952)
  • Imprinting
  • Typical Attachments

Target Audience

  • Teachers, health care staff, social workers and care providers pursuing their CPD
  • Anyone currently working with children
  • Parents and carers interested in improving their knowledge of child psychology
  • Individuals looking to enhance their CV


No prior knowledge is required to take this unit.


  • Participants:8 - 400
  • Duration: 2 - 3 hours
  • Participation:Only collaborative

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Course at QLS
Study Method Online
Course Duration 10 Hours
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