Negeren of reageren? Het debat over de aanpak van huilende baby’s in historisch perspectief | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
2004
Volume 42 Number 3
  • ISSN: 1567-7109
  • E-ISSN: 2468-1652

Abstract

Abstract

For centuries, a crying baby has been problem number one for parents. Present-day advice can roughly be divided between ignoring, to teach the baby that crying doesn’t pay, and responding promptly, to achieve secure attachment. This contradiction in advice can be traced back to a debate that was started in the 1960s between behaviorist Jack Gewirtz and attachment pioneer Mary Ainsworth and which lasted for decades. This debate, of which Gewirtz’s reaction to the groundbreaking findings of Ainsworth’s Uganda and Baltimore studies was only the beginning, is described and analysed. Ainsworth’s studies have been (partly) replicated several times, but up to today, the findings remain contradictory. Analysing and discussing these findings leads to the conclusion that a one-size-fits-all solution for a crying baby is not likely to exist.

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