Attachment Theory, Child Maltreatment and Family Support by David Howe, Marion Brandon, Diana Hinings, Gillian Schofield

By David Howe, Marion Brandon, Diana Hinings, Gillian Schofield

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The behaviour adopted is a defensive strategy developed by children to help them to cope with feelings of distress and anxiety. Whatever the quality of the relationship, the attachment system is designed to bring children into proximity with their attachment figure where they will ideally be comforted and understood. This produces feelings of security. If the routes to proximity and security are blocked, rough or unpromising, children either have to develop psychological strategies that attempt to ward off the anxiety or try to seek alternative ways of psychologically securing the attachment figure.

Researchers are therefore interested in how individuals process distress-related information. Interviews are analysed in terms of adherence to and violations of the four maxims. Differences in coherence/incoherence and collaboration/noncollaboration in the way in which the questions are answered and memories recounted reveal the defensive and non-defensive ways in which the individual typically handles and regulates attachmentrelated thoughts, feelings and memories. In insecure patterns, childhood memories may be vague; detail of specific events to back a general description may be missing; there may be contradictions in the story; the detail may be rich but confused.

There is a sense of harmony. Mothers show a great deal of interest and fascination in their babies. They are, in Winnicott’s wonderful phrase, ‘good enough’ parents. Main (1995) recognises that, in such socio-emotionally synchronised relationships, infants begin to understand the consequences of both their own and their mother’s behaviour. Mothers who are available, responsive and comforting generate a soothing, predictable environment. They help their infants to modulate strong states of arousal.

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