Attachment theory is a model in developmental psychology, which concerns itself with the bond between people, especially between a parent and his or her child. The attachment theory analyses how social, psychological, and emotional attachments are developed and how a detrimental conduct results in physical harm to the child. The main aim of the attachment theory is to develop an effective approach that results in the proper development of children in the society. It seeks to enhance the development of the child in a safe and conducive environment by offering an environment of security and stability to the child. One of the main aspects that result in the disruption of the attachment between a child and his or her caregiver is child abuse and neglect. The effect of child abuse and neglect hampers the ability of a child to develop in a proper and conducive manner. The effects of child abuse and neglect translate to the entire society. In this regard, the following study examines attachment theory, and analyses are leading questions about child abuse and neglect.
Explain your understanding of attachment theory in developmental terms and what might disrupt attachment in children.
Attachment theory is a psychological concept, which seeks to define the nature of the long- and short-term interpersonal associations amongst human beings. Nevertheless, Slep, Heyman and Snarr (2011) indicated that attachment theory is not created as a general concept of human relationships.