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Path #4: Attachment

This learning path provides an overview of attachment theory and strategies to nurture the caregiver-child relationship. Topics include attachment theory, attachment styles, the impact of attachment, and responsive care.

To get credit for this learning path, you must complete the 4 activities below, then take a quiz to test your knowledge. Once you have completed the learning path and scored at least 80% on the quiz, you will have access to a certificate of completion.

Total time to complete the learning path: 1.5 hours


Activity 1
Watch the archived Talks on Tuesday webinar, Foundations of Social Emotional Development: ATTACHMENT (VEIPD, runtime 1:00:01)

This webinar explores attachment as part of the foundation of social emotional development. Attachment theory and the four types of attachment styles are explored while offering strategies for supporting infants, toddlers, and their caregivers.

Instruction IconInstructions: Download the two handouts and review while listening to the webinar. After downloading the handouts, click the link above. Click play to launch the YouTube archived recording.

Handout #1: Attachment | Handout #2: Strategies and Resources


Activity 2
Read the article, Infant-parent attachment: Definition, types, antecedents, measurement and outcome (Benoit, 2004)

This article highlights the attachment theory, the four major types of attachment, and relevant research.

Instruction IconInstructions: Click the link above to access the article and read it.


Activity 3
Watch the video, The Attachment Theory: How Childhood Affects Life (Sprouts, runtime 7:35)

This video demonstrates how the attachment theory can impact a child through adulthood.

Instruction IconInstructions: Click the link to access the video.


Activity 4
Watch the video, Attachment Theory: How Your Childhood Shaped You (SciShow, runtime 10:28)

This video discusses how interpersonal relationships start forming as soon as we’re born, and psychologists have studied how those early connections can set the stage for the other relationships we form later in life.

Instruction IconInstructions: Clink the link above to access the video.



Complete the Quiz

You must achieve a score of at least 80% on the quiz to receive a certificate of completion. This certificate will document 1.5 professional development (PD) hours.


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