Attachment theory provides a solution to one of the major questions concerning development; namely, when and how does the self arise? For various reasons, the complex, organized creation we call the self cannot exist at birth. However, there is an organization of sufficient complexity that is present in the infant-caregiving environment considered together. Attachment research has shown that this organized infant-caregiving relationship accounts for both the emergence of the self and individual variations in the self, as nothing measured in the infant alone can do. Data supporting this viewpoint, and its implications, will be presented.
About the Speaker:
Professor Alan Sroufe, Professor Emeritus in the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 1967. Dr. Sroufe has been Associate Editor of Developmental Psychology and Development and Psychopathology. An internationally recognized expert on early attachment relationships, emotional development, and developmental psychopathology, he has published 150 articles and 7 books on these topics, including “The Development of the Person”, a two-time award winner. His other awards include the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society for Research in Child Development, the Bowlby-Ainsworth Award for Contributions to Attachment Research, the Mentor Award and the G. Stanley Hall Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution to Developmental Psychology from Division 7 of the American Psychology Association, an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Leiden, and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Education, University of Minnesota.