According to Kenrick, Neuberg, & Cialdini (2010), there are three categories of attachment style based on mother-infant relationships. The first is the secure attachment style. A child who has a secure attachment will more easily express affection, be more comfortable when left by the mother, and does not fear being abandoned. A child with an anxious/ambivalent attachment style fears possible abandonment and becomes visibly upset when separated from their mother. The last is the avoidant attachment style in which a child is defensively detached from their mother and does not necessarily prefer their mother over a stranger (Kenrick, Neuberg, & Cialdini, 2010).
Kenrick, D., Neuberg, S., and Cialdini, R. (2010) Social Psychology: Goals in Interaction, 5th edition. Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon
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