publication . Article . 2017

Attachment Theory: Progress and Future Directions

R. M. Pasco Fearon; Glenn I. Roisman;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jun 2017
  • Country: United Kingdom
Attachment is a key subfield in the area of parenting and parent-child relationships research. In this brief overview, we summarise what we consider to be the state-of-the-art of attachment research, focusing primarily on the nature and significance of attachment in infancy and early childhood. We review 4 major topics that are central issues in the scientific literature on attachment: (1) the role of the environment in the development of attachment, (2) the intergenerational transmission of patterns of attachment, (3) the stability of attachment patterns through early adulthood, and (4) the role of attachment in adjustment and maladjustment. We conclude by high...
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free text keywords: Early adulthood, Intergenerational transmission, Developmental psychology, Media studies, Attachment theory, Childhood development, Scientific literature, Early childhood, Psychology

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