Attachment theory

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A collection of psychological theory and work relating among other things to how patients interact with their medical attendants.

Loose attachers will consult differently from strong attachers, and may have different experiences of and capacity to cope with bereavements. Those who had a secure attachment in childhood have discovered that independence from their care-giver is a positive experience and have fewer complications, but not less pain.

Bowlby, Ainsworth and others studied the reactions of children separated from their maternal figures.

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