Early Socialisation

  • Ann Birch
  • Tony Malim
Part of the Introductory Psychology Series book series (IPS)


At the end of this chapter you should be able to:
  1. 1

    understand the concept of socialisation;

  2. 2

    describe some of the major milestones in social and emotional development in infants, in particular the phenomenon of attachment;

  3. 3

    describe the views of Bowlby and other researchers concerning the nature and significance of attachment;

  4. 4
    discuss the implications for human development of
    • deprivation in monkeys,

    • studies of animal imprinting;

  5. 5

    Assess critically Bowlby’s views on maternal deprivation in the light of subsequent re-assessments of his work;

  6. 6

    Assess the importance of early experience for later social and emotional development, in the light of the available evidence;

  7. 7

    discuss the nature and functions of play in early childhood.



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Further Reading

  1. Bowlby J Attachment & loss: I — Attachment. Hogarth Press 1969.Google Scholar
  2. Bruner J S Under five in Britain. Grant McIntyre 1980.Google Scholar
  3. Clarke AM & A D Clarke Early experience: myth & evidence. Open Books 1976.Google Scholar
  4. Garvey C Play. Fontana/Open Books, 1977.Google Scholar
  5. Rutter M Maternal deprivation re-assessed. Penguin Books 1981.Google Scholar
  6. Schaffer H R Mothering. Fontana/Open Books London 1977.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Stern D N The first relationship: infant and mother. Fontana/Open Books London 1977.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Ann Birch and Tony Malim 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ann Birch
    • 1
  • Tony Malim
    • 2
  1. 1.Bristol UniversityUK
  2. 2.Lancaster UniversityUK

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