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A security blanket is any familiar object whose presence provides comfort or security to its owner, such as the literal blankets often favored by small children. It is a comfort object and is also known as a "security object." .

English psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott spoke of transitional objects,

The majority of the research with children on this subject was performed at the Psychology Department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee by Professor Richard H. Passman and his associates. Among other findings, they showed that security blankets are appropriately named -- that they actually do give security to those children attached to them. Along with other positive benefits, having a security blanket available can help children adapt to new situations, aid in their learning, and adjust to physicians' and clinical psychologists' evaluations. Dr. Passman's research also points out that there is nothing abnormal about being attached to them. About 60% of children in the United States have at least some attachment to a security object.

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  • O'Halloran, B.C. Creature Comforts, People and Their Security Objects
  • Passman, R. H. (1977). Providing attachment objects to facilitate learning and reduce distress: The effects of mothers and security blankets. Developmental Psychology, 13, 25-28.
  • Passman, R. H. (1987). Attachments to inanimate objects: Are children who have security blankets insecure? Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 55, 825-830.
  • Passman, R. H., & Halonen, J. S. (1979). A developmental survey of young children's attachments to inanimate objects. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 134, 165-178.
  • Passman, R. H., & Lautmann, L. A. (1982). Fathers', mothers', and security objects' effects on the responsiveness of young children during projective testing. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 50, 310-312.

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