Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development

2011 Edition
| Editors: Sam Goldstein, Jack A. Naglieri

Emotional Connection, Parent-Child

  • Theodora Koulenti
  • Xenia Anastassiou-Hadjicharalambous
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79061-9_985



Emotional Connection (or attachment) refers to the special emotional bond with another person that is generally powerful and enduring. It is often used to describe the relationship between infants and their mothers [7].


Scientific evidence provides support to the notion that infants and their caregivers are biologically prepared to relate in ways that promote their relationship. In most of the cases, caregivers are extremely perceptive in understanding their babies’ signals and needs and they correspond in appropriate ways that will help them fulfill these needs and will promote social interactions between them and their children. On the other hand, infants are sensitive to “parental emotional-social signals.” These types of interactions between caregivers and infants form the basis for early attachment, a unique emotional bond and connection. Successful human development and adjustment is partly based on the quality of the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Theodora Koulenti
    • 1
  • Xenia Anastassiou-Hadjicharalambous
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of NicosiaNicosiaCyprus