The Meaning of Crying Based on Attachment Theory

  title={The Meaning of Crying Based on Attachment Theory},
  author={J. Nelson},
  journal={Clinical Social Work Journal},
  • J. Nelson
  • Published 1998
  • Psychology
  • Clinical Social Work Journal
  • Crying is inborn attachment behavior which, according to attachment theorists John Bowlby and Margaret Ainsworth, is primarily an appeal for the protective presence of a parent. Infant crying triggers corresponding caretaking behavior in the parents. These reciprocal behaviors help establish and maintain the parent-child attachment bond. Crying continues throughout life to be a reaction to separation and loss, to carry an attachment message, and to trigger caretaking responses. Crying can be… CONTINUE READING
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