Abstract # 6:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 21, 2012 11:30 AM-11:55 AM: Session 1 (Magnolia) Symposium


ADULT (HUMAN) ATTACHMENT PATTERNS: IMPLICATIONS FOR SEX, CAREGIVING, AND RELATIONSHIP FUNCTIONING

P. R. Shaver
UC-Davis, Department of Psychology, Davis, CA 95616, USA
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     Since 1990, a large research literature has grown up in social, personality, and clinical psychology inspired by an extension of Bowlby and Ainsworth’s infant-mother attachment theory to the study of human couple relationships (sometimes discussed in terms of “romantic love” or “pair-bonding”). The literature concerns both the normative processes of forming and breaking attachment bonds (falling in love, mourning the loss of a partner) and measurable individual differences parallel to the ones Ainsworth identified in studies of infant-mother attachment. This talk will cover some of the key concepts and findings in the adult attachment literature, focusing on sex, caregiving, and mental processes underlying individual differences in attachment behavior in couple relationships.