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Joanne Davila, Melissa Ramsay, Catherine B. Stroud & Sara J. Steinberg

In: Development of Psychopathology: A Vulnerability-Stress Perspective

Chapter 9: Attachment as Vulnerability to the Development of Psychopathology

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Attachment as Vulnerability to the Development of Psychopathology
Attachment as vulnerability to the development of psychopathology
JoanneDavila, MelissaRamsay, Catherine B.Stroud and Sara J.Steinberg

Without doubt, attachment theory, as proposed by Bowlby (1969, 1973, 1980) and Ainsworth et al. (Ainsworth, Blehar, Waters, & Wall, 1978) has had a profound effect on the understanding of human development and behavior, particularly with regard to normative processes of child development and, more recently, with regard to normative functioning in adult romantic relationships. However, as is also evident in the literature, attachment theory has been invoked as a way to understand the development and course of nonnormative and maladaptive behavior, including poor self-regulation, poor peer functioning, and poor romantic functioning. There is also a growing literature on how attachment theory can help ...

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