H. Rudolph Schaffer
For Contributions To Attachment Study
Becoming An Empirical Science
Rudolph Schaffer began his career
in the clinics and seminars that spawned the Bowlby-Ainsworth tradition.
His ground breaking work on attachment behavior, fear of strangers,
physical contact, and infant hospitalization helped insure that
attachment study would become an empirical science. This work also
captured the imagination of countless students and scholars who
became major contributors to attachment study.
In addition to his empirical contributions,
Rudolph Schaffer has made key contributions to the Bowlby-Ainsworth
tradition as organizer and editor of seminal volumes on social development.
During an era in which women were often overlooked, his enthusiasm
for Mary Ainsworth’s participation was important and appreciated.
As editor of Social Development he has worked unselfishly to encourage
young researchers and provide the kind of lively form necessary
to the good health of social development theory and research.