T. Shahar-Maharik, D. Oppenheim

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This article provides an overview of attachment theory, which focuses on the emotional bond tying a child to his or her caregivers. Attachment theory's origins and main hypotheses are discussed. The significance of early relationships for later developmental outcomes is emphasized. Other topics reviewed include the intergenerational transmission of attachment, assessment, clinical applications, developmental psychopathology, and cultural aspects of attachment theory.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Mental Health
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780123970459
ISBN (Print)9780123977533
StatePublished - 2016

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© 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


  • Attachment
  • Attachment theory
  • Caregiver sensitivity
  • Developmental psychopathology
  • Infant mental health
  • Infant-caregiver relations
  • Intergenerational transmission
  • Internal working models
  • Secure base
  • Security
  • Social-emotional development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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