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Universal and culturally specific aspects of sensitive responsiveness to young children

Grossmann, Klaus E. ; Grossmann, Karin


Human newborn infants are evolutionarily predisposed to communicate. Caretakers may interpret their signals, more or less correctly, as meaningful and intentional. Reliable responsiveness is the essence of the attachment system; appropriate and prompt responses to instant's' signals support secure quality of attachment. Other signals, if sensitively responded to, support curiosity for the world. ...


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