in Mary Ainsworth's strange situation, this refers to a form of insecure attachment whereby infants do not seek proximity to their parent after separation. Instead, the infant does not appear distressed by the separation and actively avoids the returning parent.

AVOIDANT ATTACHMENT: "An infant exhibiting an avoidant attachment style may be ambivalent to a caregiver leaving or returning."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "AVOIDANT ATTACHMENT," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/avoidant-attachment/ (accessed October 20, 2021).