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In each persons life much of the joy and sorrow revolves around attachments or affectionate relationships -- making them breaking them preparing for them and adjusting to their loss by death Among all of these bonds is a special one -- the type a mother or father form with his or her newborn infant Bonding does not refer to mutual affection between a baby and an adult but to the phenomenon whereby adults become committed by a one-way flow of concern and affection to children whom they have cared for during the first months and years of life According to J Robertson in his book A Baby in the Family Loving and Being Loved individuals may have from three hundred to four hundred acquaintances in there lifetimes but at any one time there are only a small number of people to whom they are closely attached He explains that much of the richness and beauty of life is derived from these close relationships which each person has with a small number of individuals -- mother father brother sister husband wife son daughter and a small cadre of close friends Robertson 1 A mothers love is a crude offering and according to Kennell and Klaus in their book Parent-Infant Bonding there is a possessiveness and an appetite in it Some argue that attachment is one qualitative feature of the emotional tie to the partner The operationalization of the construct attachment to determine the presence or absence has to be done by some measure of the interaction between partners Joe Mercers Mothers Responses to Their Infants with Defects says The mother either responds to her infants cries with affectionate behaviors and evokes the infants interactions to suggest the infant is a central part of her life or she does not The infant either shows preferential responses to the mother responds to her verbal and tactile stimulation or does not Mercer 17 He further goes on to
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