Transmission of Attachment

With all of the discussion about attachment styles, I was interested in how attachment changes from generation to generation.  For example, my mother grew up with little to no attachment to either of her parents.  However, I was able to develop a very secure attachment to her.  What my research showed, is that generally it will remain consistent from generation to generation.  This is mostly due to the fact that attachments types span throughout someones whole life.  If they were securely attached to their parents, they will likely be securely attached to their partner, and also pass on this secure attachment to their child.  While attachment style is by no means genetic, parenting style can play a major role in influencing attachment style.  Studies also showed a connection in the parents “attachment style” to their child during pregnancy and the actual attachment style of the child after it was born.  While attachment styles cannot be forced, it seems that they can be influenced.  It would seem that there is a tie between the parents style and the child’s.  Attachment styles are not necessarily passed down, but there can be a reflection of the parents style on the child.

-Eric Harris

~ by ericharris on October 4, 2009.

2 Responses to “Transmission of Attachment”

  1. I like how it says,
    “The quality of our intimate relationships can play a role in our ability to be effective parents for our children. As well, there is evidence to suggest that a person’s parenting style can mimic the style to which they were exposed as infants. Thus, autonomous adults tend to consistently respond in loving ways to their infants’ distress. Dismissing and preoccupied parents are more likely to be rejecting or inconsistent respectively, thus perpetuating the likelihood of insecure attachment in their children.” Thanks for this post. I didn’t know that information.

  2. I agree with the fact that things change from era to era and/or generation to generation. The biological evidential information is interesting when it comes down to facts of ongoing history when referring to minority populations and generalizing our perceptual intuitions that adjust societal expectations/norms and that of policy.

    Zach Rusk
    i.e. When finally assuming the priesthood, it is now known that the decision what right. Although with regard to attachments, I wonder how I may have viewed spousel attachments at the time where some believed many people of color to be other than what the general public assumed all people to be.

    As we discuss long term health disparities among those who do not directly confront issues such as avoidant or anxious attachments, I wonder what kind of ramifications were evident at the time, many years ago.

    Along with the history, I also wonder if CBT, over psychoanalytic therapy, has become more relevant and necessary in part due to some of these cognitive barriers of generalizing our place in society, based upon already generalized perceptions that we grow up with and that are taught by our caregivers (and first attachments).

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