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Gay, E.L. Hyson, M.C. (1976). Blankets, Bears, and Bunnies: Studies of Children's Contacts with Treasured Objects. Psychoanal. Contemp. Sci., 5:271-316.

(1976). Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Science, 5:271-316

Blankets, Bears, and Bunnies: Studies of Children's Contacts with Treasured Objects

Ellen L. Gay, M.A. and Marion C. Hyson, M.A.

I'd kill myself if anything ever happened to that blanket.

—A mother

The study described in this paper is an effort to apply a promising method to a little-researched and complex phenomenon in child development. Normal children under 4 often develop a tenacious attachment to a tattered blanket, a grimy piece of cloth, or a stuffed animal. Sometimes the child and his blanket are literally inseparable; more often the child will go to it at intervals during the day, stroke or cuddle with it for a while, and then—seemingly refreshed—return to other activities.

Because children so frequently become devoted to these objects, and because the objects may play a role in the development of attachment, separation-individuation, and understanding of the world of things, we became interested in exploring this subject further in a controlled but naturalistic research study.

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