The child and its family: The social network model

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The classical attachment theory holds to the notion of a monotropic model. Such a model leads to a view of the mother as first and most important figure in an infant's life. A polytropic view of attachment moves us toward a model of simultaneous and multiple attachment figures. In particular, it is argued that peer attachment is a separate but related system. A review of children's peer relationships, including siblings, leads to the consideration of a social network model in which a variety of different people satisfy a variety of different needs of the child.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-27
Number of pages20
JournalHuman Development
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


  • Child and family
  • Epigenetic model
  • Father-child relationship
  • Mother-child relationship
  • Social network model

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