Evidence for Infants' Internal Working Models of Attachment

  title={Evidence for Infants' Internal Working Models of Attachment},
  author={Susan C. Johnson and Carol S. Dweck and Frances S. Chen},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={501 - 502}
Nearly half a century ago, psychiatrist John Bowlby proposed that the instinctual behavioral system that underpins an infant’s attachment to his or her mother is accompanied by ‘‘internal working models’’ of the social world—models based on the infant’s own experience with his or her caregiver (Bowlby, 1958, 1969/1982). These mental models were thought to mediate, in part, the ability of an infant to use the caregiver as a buffer against the stresses of life, as well as the later development of… 

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