in the strange situation experiment, designed by Mary Ainsworth, a form of attachment whereby an infant explores only minimally and tends to avoid or be indifferent to the mother when she returns to the room.

ANXIOUS-AVOIDANT ATTACHMENT: "The infant with an anxious-avoidant attachment is indifferent to the mother disappearing or reappearing in the room."
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