Culture and Attachment

In the video you just watched in class, you saw a securely attached Efai child in the Strange Situation. According to Gilda Morelli pilot studies on the Efai show about 80% of their children are securely attached, as compared to about 60-65% of American children. Different child-rearing practices between the two cultures could account for this difference.

In this assignment you will think about what we have learned about how parental sensitivity affects security of attachment and use that to explain the following findings:

1. Differences. Think about what we know about how different parenting practices and parental sensitivity affect the formation of attachment. For each culture, explain how the different child-rearing arrangements would account for the patterns found in the Strange Situation (with respect to the U.S). Justify your answers.

2. Similarities. What might account for the fact that most children are securely attached in all cultures?

3. If you heard about a culture in which 50% of the children are classified as insecure-resistant, what might you infer about the child-rearing practices of that culture?


skills practiced
  • think critically about classic and contemporary issues of child development.
  • understand research methods and interpret research findings.
  • apply research findings to concrete problems in the real world.
  • inferring consequences