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Social Psychology – Attachment Theory

3. Measuring Attachment

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Lecture

This lecture focuses on methods of measuring attachment, starting with Mary Ainsworth’s ‘Strange Situation’ procedure. The reunion behaviours associated with each of Ainsworth’s attachment types are discussed, before moving on to Mary Main’s ‘Adult Attachment Interview’. The correlation between ‘Strange Situation’ results and ‘Adult Attachment Interview’ results are the focus of the remainder of this lecture.

Course

In this course, Professor Jeremy Holmes discusses attachment theory, starting with its history in lecture one. Lecture two elaborates on how attachment theory and modern evolutionary theory are linked. This lecture highlights key figures in its development, such as Viktor Frankl and Phillip Shaver. In lecture three, Professor Holmes outlines how attachment has been measured, including Mary Ainsworth’s ‘Strange Situation’ and Mary Main’s ‘Adult Attachment Interview’. Lecture four focuses on the role of caregiver sensitivity in attachment, reviewing the Grossman model of parental attachment roles. The fifth lecture brings in language, considering the role it plays in attachment through the lens of Grice’s principles of effective communication. The sixth and final lecture explores attachment theory across different cultures, addressing the field’s historical focus on WEIRD participants, and Margaret Mead’s challenge to John Bowlby’s founding theories.

Lecturer

Jeremy Holmes is a visiting professor of psychology at the University of Exeter. He is a consultant psychiatrist and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who specialises in attachment theory. He has authored a number of books on attachment theory, which explore its history, as well as bringing it together with modern psychoanalytical theory.

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Holmes, J. (2021, October 13). Social Psychology – Attachment Theory - Measuring Attachment [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/attachment-theory/measuring-attachment

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Holmes, Jeremy. "Social Psychology – Attachment Theory – Measuring Attachment." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 13 Oct 2021, https://massolit.io/courses/attachment-theory/measuring-attachment

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