Adult attachment, stress, and romantic relationships. Academic Article uri icon


  • In this article, we discuss theory and research on how individuals who have insecure adult romantic attachment orientations typically think, feel, and behave when they or their romantic partners encounter certain types of chronic or acute stress. We first review basic principles of attachment theory and then discuss how two forms of attachment insecurity-anxiety and avoidance-are associated with unique patterns of emotion regulation in response to certain types of threatening/distressing situations. We then discuss a Diathesis-Stress Process Model that has guided our research, highlighting studies that provide support for certain pathways of the model.

published proceedings

  • Curr Opin Psychol

altmetric score

  • 88.05

author list (cited authors)

  • Simpson, J. A., & Rholes, W. S.

citation count

  • 29

complete list of authors

  • Simpson, Jeffry A||Rholes, W Steven

publication date

  • January 2017