`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 4: Refining the Theory Functions and Elicitors of Adult Attachment
Refining the Theory Functions and Elicitors of Adult Attachment
The advances in attachment research outlined in Chapter 3 focus on assessment issues: What do we mean by adult attachment style? How should we measure it? What are the psychometric properties of the various measures? Complementing these advances, recent work in the area of adult attachment has focused on refining aspects of the theory itself. Based on Bowlby's (1969, 1973, 1980) theory of attachment behavior, considerable attention has been given to two interrelated issues: the functions of adult attachment behavior and the conditions under which such behavior is most likely to be elicited.
[Page 71]In Chapter 1, we discussed Bowlby's (1969, 1973, 1980) formulation of the functions of infant ...