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Insecure-Resistant

Insecure-resistant (also known as Type C) is an attachment pattern identified by Ainsworth using the Strange Situation. This attachment type is not willing to explore and seeks greater proximity to the caregiver than the other attachment types. They show both separation anxiety and stranger anxiety and they do seek contact when reunited with the mother, but then reject her. This is sometimes known as ambivalent attachment. 13% of children show this pattern.

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