`It is an excellent volume for attachment researchers at all levels. Researchers and students will find this volume a helpful and generative introduction to adult attachment. The authors set out to increase interest in adult attachment and encourage research in the field. I believe that this coherent, thought-provoking summary of adult attachment research easily accomplishes their goal' - Contemporary Psychology Attachment theory is one of the most popular perspectives currently influencing research in close relationships - and is important in many other fields since the quality of intimate relationships is a key determinant of subjective well-being. This intriguing volume draws together diverse strands of at

Early Empirical Studies of Adult Attachment

Early Empirical Studies of Adult Attachment

Early empirical studies of adult attachment

As we showed in the previous chapter, theoretical work spanning the last decade (Ainsworth, 1989; Weiss, 1982; 1986; 1991) supports the relevance of attachment relationships across the life span. Nevertheless, it was not until Hazan and Shaver (1987; Shaver & Hazan, 1988; Shaver, Hazan, & Bradshaw, 1988) reported their groundbreaking studies of romantic love that the attachment perspective on adult romantic relationships became firmly established.

Hazan and Shaver (1987; Shaver & Hazan, 1988; Shaver, Hazan, & Bradshaw, 1988) present theoretical analyses of love and attachment integrated with new empirical data. Their basic argument is that romantic love can be conceptualized as an attachment process. According to this perspective, established relationships between lovers and spouses ...

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