Models and relationship quality in dating
Four main styles of attachment have been identified in adults: Investigators have explored the organization and the stability of mental working models that underlie these attachment styles.
They have also explored how attachment impacts relationship outcomes and how attachment functions in relationship dynamics.
Attachment theory was originally developed in the 1940s by John Bowlby, a British psychoanalyst who was attempting to understand the intense distress experienced by infants who had been separated from their parents.
Bowlby (1969) observed that infants would go to extraordinary lengths to prevent separation from their parents or to reestablish proximity to a missing parent.
, Department of Psychology, Staffordshire University This study investigates the theory that adult romantic attachment is reflective of a person's perception of an early caregiving style.
Hazan and Shaver (1987) were the first researchers to investigate if adult romantic love could be conceptualised as an attachment process.
This study examines how patterns of decision-making in relationships are associated with other relationship characteristics, including relationship quality, commitment, and extra-dyadic involvement.
In this module, we review the origins of the theory, the core theoretical principles, and some ways in which attachment influences human behavior, thoughts, and feelings across the life course.Attachment in adults deals with the theory of attachment in adult relationships including friendships, emotional affairs, adult romantic relationships and in some cases inanimate objects known as "transitional objects".