Integrated Attachment Theory

Ella Levert-Levitt, Abraham Sagi-Schwartz

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This article addresses core concepts of John Bowlby's attachment theory, underscoring the mechanism of primary drive reduction in the context of real-life events. We highlight Ainsworth's contribution to attachment theory and present her major advances such as the Strange Situation Procedure. We also review recent research including disorganized attachment, goal-corrected partnerships and attachment assessments through the life span, antecedents of attachment security/insecurity, the concept of maternal sensitivity, continuity and longitudinal correlates of attachment across the life span, attachment and genetics, and attachment-based interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - 26 Mar 2015

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  • Adult attachment interview
  • Attachment
  • Circle of limited security
  • Circle of security
  • Disorganized attachment
  • Goal-corrected partnership
  • John Bowlby
  • Loss
  • Mary Ainsworth
  • Mary Main
  • Maternal sensitivity
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Secure attachment
  • Separation
  • Strange Situation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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