Attachment and resilience
In the preceding chapters, key concepts of attachment theory, including internal working models, security, insecurity and caregiver sensitive responsiveness have been described and explored. These concepts, together with associated research, reveal the importance of attachment relationships throughout life, and particularly in the early years, for psychological wellbeing. Developmental pathways cannot be predicted in any absolute sense from childhood attachment experiences because interpersonal experience is ongoing. However, the weight of evidence is that the expectancies of self and others set up during the early childhood period can have a significant impact on emotional and social functioning throughout life. There is much scope for attachment theory to inform a resilience perspective on development.
A resilience perspective prioritises knowledge about developmental experiences that have potential to help the child (and later the adult) cope effectively with the inevitable adversities that arise in