A Review and Reformulation of Adoptive Relationships from an Attachment Perspective Academic Article uri icon


  • From an attachment perspective, the formation and maintenance of adoptive relationships involve many atypical events and circumstances for both adoptive parents and adopted persons. The present analysis reviews the existing theoretical and empirical literature on several of these issues and examines the utility of conceptualizing them from an attachment perspective, focusing in particular on Bartholomew's (1990) categorical model of attachment styles. Inferences regarding the impact of attachment status (both for those who adopt and for those who have been adopted) on interpersonal and family functioning are formulated and critical areas in need of further research are outlined. 1999 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

published proceedings

  • Adoption Quarterly

author list (cited authors)

  • Edens, J. F., & Cavell, T. A.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Edens, John F||Cavell, Timothy A

publication date

  • January 1999