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Introduction

Attachment is the strong, long lasting bond that develops between a baby and his or her primary caregiver.  The caregiver can be a parent or another type of primary carer, for example, a grandparent or foster carer.

The importance of a secure attachment bond to a child’s physical, intellectual, emotional and social development is widely recognised.  Secure attachment bonds ensure that a child feels safe, secure and calm enough to experience the optimal development of his or her brain.  Feelings of safety result in eagerness to learn, healthy self-awareness, trust, and empathy.

An insecure attachment bond prevents a child’s developing brain from organising itself in the best ways.  Insecure attachment can inhibit emotional, mental, and physical development, leading to learning difficulties and problems with forming relationships in later life.

In seeking to explore visitors to our website’s understanding of child attachment, Relationships Australia’s July online survey asked respondents questions about their knowledge, help seeking behaviour and openness to attending services targeted toward improving parent-child attachment.

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