Attachment Theory: Basic Concepts and Contemporary Questions Chapter uri icon


  • Attachment theory is among the most sweeping, comprehensive theories in psychology today. The theory addresses these issues from a variety of perspectives, including physiological, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral. The theory articulates constructs and processes that are relevant to understanding elements of social development, interpersonal behavior, relationship functioning, psychosocial adjustment, and clinical disorders. The chapters in this volume address many of these multifaceted issues. This introductory chapter comprises two sections. In the first, we review some of the basic concepts that anchor attachment theory. This section is targeted to readers who might be new to the attachment field. It focuses in large part on the seminal theoretical and empirical attachment work involving young children, but it also reviews some of the major principles of attachment processes in adults. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

author list (cited authors)

  • Rholes, W. S., & Simpson, J. A

complete list of authors

  • Rholes, WS||Simpson, JA

editor list (cited editors)

  • Rholes, W. S., & Simpson, J. A.

Book Title

  • Adult attachment: Theory, research, and clinical implications

publication date

  • January 2004