Assessment that young children make use of an area of security, symbolized by an attachment figure, as a foundation from which to investigate a new surroundings. The youngster generally returns or glances back to the parent before moving forward to investigate.

SECURE BASE PHENOMENON: "Small children love to explore, but need to feel secure while doing so, hence the secure base phenomenon."
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