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A series by Susan Goldberg, Ph.D.

Attachment theory looks at the parent-child bond from the child’s perspective: How safe and secure does the child feel? How much trust can he put in his world? The answers to these questions can affect how he views the world for the rest of his life. Research in the field of attachment suggests that a child’s sense of safety and security is as important to emotional and social well-being as actual safety is to physical well-being.

This six-part series explores patterns of attachment, the implications of attachment across the child’s life, and the various influences on attachment.

Dr. Susan Goldberg was an internationally recognized researcher in the area of attachment. Over the course of her long career at The Hospital for Sick Children, she published numerous articles and books in this field. In 2005, she was the recipient of the prestigious Bowlby-Ainsworth Award, given by the New York Consortium and the Center for Mental Health Promotion to recognize founders and singular contributors to the Bowlby-Ainsworth tradition of attachment theory. She was cited for advancing attachment study and children’s health and as a generous mentor to colleagues and students alike.

Dr. Goldberg died on June 14, 2005.


Attachment Part One: The dance of relationship

Exploring the concept of attachment.

Attachment Part Two: Patterns of attachment

Detailing the various patterns of attachment in infancy.

Attachment Part Three: Attachment across the life span

Exploring attachment patterns beyond infancy and across the life span.

Attachment Part Four: Caregiver and child influences on attachment

How parent and child factors contribute to the development of attachment patterns.

Attachment Part Five: Attachment under adversity

The impact of adversity on attachment security.

Attachment Part Six: Implications of attachment theory: past, present, and future

The impact of attachment theory and research on our children's lives.