Most children develop a secure attachment relationship with their attachment fi gure(s) but the fact that a signifi cant minority develop insecure attachment relationships was one of the key early fi ndings in the history of attachment theory and research . Using the Strange Situation Procedure , researchers discovered that insecure attachment could take one of two primary forms ambivalent-resistant attachment or avoidant attachment . These two types of attachment, whilst different in some signifi cant ways, also share one crucial similarity they both indicate that the child will experience a sense of anxiety about the availability of their attachment fi gure and, hence, that the child fi nds it diffi cult to achieve felt security with them. Later researchers would go on to describe an additional element of more extreme examples of insecure attachment known as disorganized attachment .
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