`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

Applications and Future Directions

Applications and future directions

Bowlby's (1969, 1973, 1980) work on the nature of infant-mother bonds has clearly been a major force in the discipline of psychology. Ainsworth (1992) sums up the contribution of this work by declaring that attachment theory “has had a stronger impact on American psychology than any other theory of personality development since Sigmund Freud” (p. 668). Not surprisingly, then, an impressive array of research findings now support the principles of infant attachment theory.

In essence, this body of research focuses on the caregiving experiences required to meet children's emotional needs. As such, attachment theory and research have vital implications for practical questions concerning the care of young children. We noted in Chapter 1 that, following Bowlby's (1969, 1973, 1980) ...

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