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The Dynamic-Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation

The DynamicMaturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation (DMM) emphasizes the dynamic interaction of the maturation of the human organism, across the life-span, with the contexts in which maturational possibilities are used to protect the self, reproduce, and protect one’s progeny.

Overview of the DMM

The Dynamic-Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation (DMM) emphasizes the dynamic interaction of the maturation of the human organism, across the life-span, with the contexts in which maturational possibilities are used to protect the self, reproduce, and protect one’s progeny.

  • Maturation is both neurological/mental and also physical.
  • Maturation involves both the increase in potential during childhood and adulthood and also the ultimate decrease in potential in old age.
  • Contexts include both the people and places that affect development, e.g., family, school.
  • Context also includes the intra-and-interpersonal challenges of different periods of the life-span, including:
    • Infancy: The parents mediate the effect of the context upon the infant, including risk to the infant.
    • Preschool: learning safe forms of self-reliance for short periods of time;
    • School-age: establishing symmetrical attachments with best friends while concurrently maintaining affiliative peer relationships;
    • Adolescence: transforming best friend attachments into romantic, reciprocal attachments with a sexual component;
    • Adulthood: establishing (1) symmetrical and reciprocal spousal attachments that foster both partners’ development, (2) the nurturance of children in non-reciprocal, and (3) non-symmetrical attachment relationships in which the adult is the attachment figure;
    • Aging: attachments in later life when the adult is becoming less physically and mentally competent and in need of protection once again.
    • https://www.patcrittenden.com/include/overview.htm

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