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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET 24 CHAPTER 1 you could be one of his primary attachment figures. In addition, there is no evidence to suggest that children having secure relationships with multiple caregivers is damaging to, or interferes with, the strength of chil- dren’s relationships with their primary caregivers (National Scientific Council on the Developing Child 2004b). ➤ What about fathers? Attachment has largely been studied by examin- ing the relationship between the mother and child. This should not be taken to mean that fathers do not have attachment relationships with their children—quite the opposite! In fact, research indicates that the importance of the father-child bond is as important as the relationship between mother and child (National Research Council and Institute of Medicine 2000). ➤ Do children have different attachment relationships with different people? Yes. Children may have secure attachment relationships with some people and insecure attachments with others. However, if children have a strong primary relationship that is secure in nature, they will likely have fewer insecure relationships with others (National Research Coun- cil and Institute of Medicine 2000). ➤ Do attachment relationships change over time? Yes. Attachment is not a static concept. In fact, children may have insecure attachments with their primary caregivers early in life, but at other times of their lives they may have securer attachments. In addition, these relationships are not more or less important at particular stages of life, but the impact of those relationships may vary based on age (National Scientific Council on the Developing Child 2004b). COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL