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Attachment Theory

  • By: Phillip R. Shaver & Mario Mikulincer
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Attachment Theory, originally formulated by John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth, conceptualizes emotional bonds in close social relationships. Attachment Theory is one of the most influential psychological theories of the past half century, having generated thousands of published ...

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