Children expect different things from relationships, depending on how their families treat them.To learn about what children expect, researchers have looked at how children are treated at home and how they respond to brief separations from their parents. Children's responses tell a lot about the type of care they have been given.Their responses also show the kind of relationships they have and what they expect from the caregiver in the future. (For a description of attachment relationships, see fact sheet #2: The Importance of Close Relationships)
The following descriptions outline four general types of relationships. Each looks at how a parent or other caregiver behaves towards the child, how the young child reacts when the parent is present and during brief separations, and what the child's expectations are about relationships.1'2
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