Attachment

← Back

A psychological bond between adult and child. It is believed that secure bonding leads to psychological well being and resistance life’s stresses. This is a topic researched by Harry Harlow.

According to Solomon (2013), “Attachment or attachment theory refers to the developing connection between a baby and the significant other who cares for him— most often his mother or father. The nature of the attachment relationship is largely formed by the sensitive responsiveness of the parent to the baby and the overall quality of the baby-parent interactions. In secure attachment, the parent helps the baby learn to self-soothe and also encourages and takes pleasure in the baby’s independent exploration. Learning when to hold close and when to let go is a skill that parents are called on to employ throughout their child’s life” (p. 18).

1 attachment

Have opinions and thoughts on this glossary entry? A tag suggestion? A word, phrase, website, or person we should add to the glossary? Find a typo, bad link, or miscategorized item? Share it all in the comments.

Help keep this glossary growing by becoming a patron or supporting Playvolution HQ in other ways.

Thanks To Our March 2021 Patreon Patrons

Support Playvolution HQ

creating free content isn’t free

If you find our content here useful, entertaining, or interesting, consider ways you can support the site and our efforts to keep the content flowing.

For example, using our affiliate link when shopping Amazon is a great way to help-you pay the same amount and we receive a small percentage that’ll help keep the site up and running.

You can also support our work by becoming a patron via Patreon

Content Creator and Curator at

I'm an early learning speaker, podcaster, content creator, author, and founder of Playvolution HQ and Explorations Early Learning.

Notes

  1. Solomon, D. C. (2013). Baby knows best: Raising a confident and resourceful child, the RIE™ Way. New York: Little, Brown and Company.