Attachment Phases

There are four different phases of Attachemnt each unique and important. The first attachment phase it the preattachment phase. At this time babies do not have an attachment to there caregiver. During this phase the newborn age is birth to six weeks. The babies many signals help them to later become attached to there caregiver. Signal like grasping, smiling ,crying and others help the parents to become connected to there child.

The second phase is called Attachment in the making. The child is six weeks to 6 or 8 months. The child now becomes concerned when a stranger enters the room compared to when there caregiver enters the room. The book is quotes ” they begin to develop a sense of trust” I thought this was the perfect name that decribes the developing attachment.

The third Phase is the clear cut attachment phase. This phase happens at 6-8 months to 18 months-2 years. This phase like the title is clear that there is a real attachment. When the caregiver whoever that may be leaves the room the child has seperation anxiety.The fourth phase is called formation of a recipercol relationship. At this point the child is 2 years and onward. As the child grows upthey rely less on physical proximity and can start to use things like a phone call


Tida Blackburn


~ by emilytida on September 25, 2009.

3 Responses to “Attachment Phases”

  1. I must have missed this part in class, what’s the bit about a phone call during the fourth stage? Is this involving long distant parent-child relationships?

  2. I have found each of these stages to be very interesting and I feel that they are important for more parents to know about. This could help parents bond more securely with their children and help their children form secure relationships with others.

    By: Ashley Crawford

  3. The phone call refers to a child being able to seek security without being physically close – such as calling a parent when needing comfort at a friends house or sleepover.

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