Insecure Attachments: The Effects of Early Infant Experiences on Later Development and Social Interest

Attachment theorists, based on Bowlby‘s theory, believe that the dyadic relationship between infant and caregiver is how an infant begins to mentally organize information that guides behavior of self, significant persons, and the world. This thesis explores how individuals construct experiences across time in a manner that is congruent with their early relationship history. The Adlerian concepts of social embeddedness, teleology or goal-directed behavior, and subjective reality support the attachment theory and its classifications. Researchers have found some correlation between insecure attachment categories and psychopathology, especially when other high-risk factors existed. Identifying attachment types, especially insecure attachments can be an important consideration in determining how therapists approach a treatment modality.

Kathy Watt
Year Completed: 
Number of Pages: 
PDF icon Watt MP 2008.pdf222.87 KB