Attachment in Adolescence: Reflections and New Angles: New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development / Edition 1

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In recent years, the number of empirical studies examiningattachment in adolescence has grown considerably, with mostfocusing on individual difference in attachment security. Thisvolume goes a step further in extending knowledge andunderstanding. The physical, cognitive, emotional, and socialchanges that characterize adolescence invite a closer conceptuallook at attachment processes and organization during this period.The chapter authors, leading researchers in attachment inadolescence, address key topics in attachment process inadolescence. These include issues such as the normative distancingfrom parents and the growing importance of peers, the formation ofvaried attachment hierarchies, the changing nature of attachmentdynamics from issues of survival to issues of affect regulation,siblings' similarity in attachment representations, individualdifferences in social information processes in adolescence, andstability and change in attachment representations in a risksample. Together the chapters provide a compelling discussion ofintriguing issues and broaden our understanding of attachment inadolescence and the basic tenets of attachment theory at large.

This is the 117th issue of the Jossey Bass quarterly reportseries New Directions for Child and AdolescentDevelopment.

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1. Putting Eggs in More Than One Basket: A New Look atDevelopmental Processes of Attachment in Adolescence 1
Miri Scharf, Ofra Mayseless
This chapter discusses the developmental tasks of adolescencewith regard to attachment, in particular, the weakening ofemotional investment in relationships with parents, anddiversification of emotional investments.

2. From Safety to Affect Regulation: Attachment from theVantage Point of Adolescence 23
Joseph P. Allen, Nell Manning
Attachment in adolescence is examined in relation to itsevolution into a broader system of social affect regulation.

3. Attachment and the Processing of Social Information inAdolescence 41
Matthew J. Dykas, Jude Cassidy
This chapter discusses theory and research about links betweenattachment and adolescents’ processing of attachment-relevantsocial information.

4. Adolescent Attachment Hierarchies and the Search for anAdult Pair-Bond 57
Roger Kobak, Natalie L. Rosenthal, Kristyn Zajac, Stephanie D.Madsen
Bowlby's concept of an attachment hierarchy provides aconceptual framework for investigating developmentaltransformations in adolescents' relationships with caregivers andpeers.

5. Representations of Attachment to Parents in AdolescentSibling Pairs: Concordant or Discordant? 73
Lisa Kiang, Wyndol Furman
The authors review theoretical and empirical work regardingconcordance of adolescent siblings’ attachmentrepresentations to parents.

6. Adolescent Attachment Representations and Development in aRisk Sample 91
Jill Carlivati, W. Andrew Collins
Contextual and interpersonal conditions complicate the searchfor continuity in adolescent attachment representations overtime.


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