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ERIC Number: ED453502
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Pages: 52
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Adult Attachment and the Effects on Romantic Relationships.
Morris, Barbara J.
This paper reviews the current research on the nature of relationships from an attachment theory perspective. It begins with a review of attachment theory and states that an understanding of adult attachment is crucial for an understanding of the effects of attachment styles on relationships. It addresses the effect that each attachment style has on romantic heterosexual and marital relationships. The attachment style that developed with the early primary caregiver continues in adulthood and is then reinforced by the selection of a partner with a similar attachment style. Partners with a secure style were found be more comfortable with closeness. Conflict and stress were less destructive to the relationship of people with a secure attachment. Participants who behaved aggressively toward their partners were those with a fearful or preoccupied attachment style. Several difficulties are described in evaluating some of the research results. Suggestions are presented for further research on attachment styles and the loss of the relationships. (Contains 62 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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