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Attachment theory/psychological theories/Shaver/Mikulincer: attachment theory provided an alternative psychodynamic framework for conceptualizing human motivation and socio-emotional bonds, but it might not have captured the attention of developmental, personality, social and clinical researchers if it had done only that. What captured research psychologists’ attention were the patterns or styles of attachment emphasized in Bowlby’s (1973(1), 1980(2)) theory and operationalized in Ainsworth’s research on mother-infant dyads (Ainsworth, Blehar, Waters and Wall 1978)(3). See >Behavioral system/Bowlby.
1. Bowlby, J. 1973. Attachment and loss, vol. II, Separation: anxiety and anger. New York: Basic Books
2. Bowlby, J. 1980. Attachment and loss, vol. III, Sadness and depression. New York: Basic Books
3. Ainsworth, M. D. S., Blehar, M. C., Waters, E. and Wall, S. 1978. Patterns of attachment: assessed in the Strange Situation and at home. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum
Phillip R. Shaver and Mario Mikulincer, “Attachment theory: I. Motivational, individual-differences and structural aspects”, in: Corr, Ph. J. & Matthews, G. (eds.) 2009. The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology. New York: Cambridge University Press_____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Philip J. Corr
The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology New York 2009