Monday, April 28, 2008
Contact Comfort Within Infants
Contact comfort is the innate pleasure derived from close physiqcal contact. It is the basis of an infants first attachment. This is where attachment begins with infants, physical touching and cuddling between the infant and mother. Margaret and Harry harlow exemplified this with their contact comfort study. They raised †wo rhesus monkeys with two kinds of artificial mothers. The first "Mother" was constructed of wires, wwarm lights, and a milk bottle. The other, was constructed of wire and covered with foam rubber and cuddly terry cloth. Psychologist's previously thought that babies became attached to mothers simply because they provided them with food. The studies showed, that when frieghtened cuddling up to somethimng made them more calm. It all goes back to the idea of feeling secure, and once they are secure the mother must be careful not to establish to much close contact, to create unhealthly attachment as observed with Ainsworth's studies.