This chapter discusses the contribution of John Bowlby’s more than fifty years of thinking about attachments, separation, relationships and emotional stability. After a brief biography, the chapter considers his well-known, and sometimes controversial, ‘Attachment Theory’ alongside the work of his collaborators at the time, including James Robertson and Mary Ainsworth. A key focus is attachment theory in relation to children in their home and early years environments, and how understanding this theory is important for early years practitioners to appreciate the lived experiences of children in out-of-home contexts. The chapter concludes with a consideration of the place of love and loving relationships in contemporary professional practice and the implications of ‘Modern Attachment Theory’ for early years and childcare practitioners working globally.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophies and Theories of Early Childhood Education and Care|
|Editors||T. David, K. Goouch, S. Powell|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 14 Oct 2015|