A Concise Guide to Theory and Research
- Omri Gillath
- R. Chris Fraley
An easy-to-read and highly accessible reference on attachment that deals with many of the key concepts and topics studied within attachment theory. This book is comprised of a series of chapters, framed as a common question that is typically asked by novices entering the field of attachment - the content of each chapter focuses on answering the overarching question.
Topics on the development of attachment are covered from different levels of analysis: species, individual and relationship levels; working models of attachment; attachment functions and hierarchies; attachment stability and change over time and across situations and relationship contexts; the cognitive underpinnings of attachment and its activation of enhancement via priming; the interplay between the attachment behavioral system and other behavioral systems; the effects of context on attachment; the contribution of physiology/neurology and genetics to attachment; the associations/differences between attachment and temperament; the conceptualization and measurement of attachment; and the association between attachment and psychopathology/therapy.
Students embarking on research into attachment, academics interested in close relationships from disciplines such as psychology, communication studies, and sociology, and clinicians who want to use attachment theory as a framework for therapy.