Mary Ainsworth: Attachment and the Growth Of Love


Mary Ainsworth’s “Strange Situation” is now basic to understandings of infant-parent interactions and, thus, later emotional development. Working in close collaboration with the British psychiatrist John Bowlby, Ainsworth gave us new understandings of the huge impact very early emotional experiences have on personality development across the life span.

Using archival (including the Harlow primate studies) and new film sequences, the video also gives students a sense of how psychological research is conducted and used in therapeutic situations.

* Observational studies, Uganda and USA
* Development of attachment behaviors
* Patterns of infant-parent attachement
* The "Strange Situation asessment.

Also part of the series Giants of Psychology