Adult Attachment: Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications

Adult Attachment: Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications

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Adult Attachment: Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications by W. Steven Rholes

With contributions from leading investigators, this volume presents important theoretical and empirical advances in the study of adult attachment. Chapters take stock of the state of knowledge in the field and introduce new, testable theoretical models to guide future research. Major topics covered include stability and change of attachment orientations across the lifespan; influences of attachment on cognitive functioning; and implications for the ways individuals experience intimacy, conflict, caregiving, and satisfaction in adult relationships. Also explored are the ways attachment theory and research can inform therapy with couples and can further understanding of such significant clinical problems as PTSD and depression.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593853761
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 07/15/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 482
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

W. Steven Rholes, PhD, is Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology at Texas A&M University. He has conducted research programs in social cognition, children's social development, and adult attachment since receiving a degree in psychology from Princeton University in 1978. In 1992, along with his colleague Jeffry Simpson, Dr. Rholes published one of the first studies to confirm predictions about avoidant attachment style, using behavioral observations as evidence. For the past decade, the impact of attachment styles on emotional support sought and provided by members of romantic couples has been the central focus of his research program. Dr. Rholes has also served in two administrative positions, department chair and associate dean, during this period.

Jeffry A. Simpson, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Formerly, he was Professor of Psychology at Texas A&M University. Dr. Simpson received his doctorate in psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1986. His research focuses on interpersonal relationships, evolution and social behavior, and social influence, and he serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction: New Directions and Emerging Issues in Adult Attachment
1. Attachment Theory: Basic Concepts and Contemporary Questions, W. Steven Rholes and Jeffry A. Simpson
II. Attachment Processes across the Lifespan: Continuity, Discontinuity, Change, and Measurement Issues
2. What Do Self-Report Attachment Measures Assess?, Phillip R. Shaver and Mario Mikulincer
3. What Does It Mean to Be Attached?, Cindy Hazan, Nurit Gur-Yaish, and Mary Campa
4. A Dynamical Systems Approach to Conceptualizing and Studying Stability and Change in Attachment Security, R. Chris Fraley and Claudia Chloe Brumbaugh
5. Predictors of Change in Attachment Security during Adulthood, Joanne Davila and Rebecca J. Cobb
III. Intrapersonal Aspects of Attachment: Cognitive Organization, Structure, and Information Processing
6. Security-Based Self-Representations in Adulthood: Contents and Processes, Mario Mikulincer and Phillip R. Shaver
7. Working Models of Attachment: New Developments and Emerging Themes, Nancy L. Collins, AnaMarie C. Guichard, Maire B. Ford, and Brooke C. Feeney
8. Psychobiological Perspectives on Attachment: Implications for Health over the Lifespan, Lisa M. Diamond and Angela M. Hicks
IV. Interpersonal Aspects of Attachment: Intimacy, Conflict, Caregiving, and Satisfaction
9. Conflict in Adult Close Relationships: An Attachment Perspective, Paula R. Pietromonaco, Dara Greenwood, and Lisa Feldman Barrett
10. Interpersonal Safe Haven and Secure Base Caregiving Processes in Adulthood, Brooke C. Feeney and Nancy L. Collins
11. Adult Attachment and Relationship Functioning under Stressful Conditions: Understanding Partners' Responses to Conflict and Challenge, Judith A. Feeney
V. Clinical and Applied Issues: Therapy, Psychopathology, and Well-Being
12. Attachment Theory: A Guide for Healing Couple Relationships, Susan M. Johnson
13. Attachment-Related Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Implications for Adult Adaptation, Roger Kobak, Jude Cassidy, and Yair Ziv
14. Anxious Attachment and Depressive Symptoms: An Interpersonal Perspective, Jeffry A. Simpson and W. Steven Rholes
15. Attachment Styles and Intrapersonal Adjustment: A Longitudinal Study from Adolescence into Young Adulthood, M. Lynne Cooper, Austin W. Albino, Holly K. Orcutt, and Natalie Williams


Attachment researchers; instructors and students in developmental, social, and clinical psychology and related mental health fields; clinicians working with individuals and couples. May serve as a text in graduate-level courses in attachment theory and close relationships.

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