`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
Chapter 2: 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 [Page 23]process. According to this perspective, established relationships between lovers and spouses ...