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Chapter 6: Adult Attachment Broadening the Picture
Adult Attachment Broadening the Picture
In previous chapters, we focused on the assessment of adult attachment, the functions of attachment behavior, and the implications of attachment style for communication and other aspects of relationship functioning. Our aim in this chapter is to present work that relates attachment style to other salient characteristics of the individual or to other important dimensions of behavior. Some of this work continues to focus on relationship issues: Specifically, we examine the proposition that romantic love involves the integration of several systems of behavior, and we explore issues concerning the links between gender, attachment style and relationship outcomes. Other studies that we discuss here have broadened the base of the attachment perspective by [Page 118]relating attachment style ...