152 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    152 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    What do we actually mean by ‘attachment’? How do different caregiving styles impact attachment in children? How do early caregiving experiences impact later development?

    The Psychology of Attachment is an essential introduction to attachment, offering an accessible explanation of the theory, unpicking common misunderstandings, and providing a balanced overview of key research findings.

    Topics covered include the following:

    • The development of attachment during the first few years of life
    • The impact of different caregiving behaviours on children’s attachment relationships
    • The influence of attachment relationships on children’s behaviour and development
    • The development of attachment relationships from infancy to adulthood
    • Attachment in romantic relationships and religion
    • Attachment-based interventions

    This unique book introduces the reader to new ways of thinking about the role of relationships, caregiving, and child development, and the way in which they shape our lives.


    Chapter 1: Ethological-Evolutionary Attachment Theory

    Chapter 2: The Normative Tenets of Attachment Theory

    Chapter 3: Individual Differences in Infant Attachment Patterns

    Chapter 4: Disorganised Attachment and Attachment Beyond the Early Years

    Chapter 5: The Adult Attachment Interview and Attachment in Adolescence

    Chapter 6: Experiences in Close Relationships: Romantic Attachment and Religion

    Chapter 7: Current Concerns in Attachment Research


    Appendix: Key concepts


    Robbie Duschinsky is Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge. He has conducted research in health and social care, history, and developmental psychology.

    Tommie Forslund is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Psychology, Stockholm University. He received the Excellence in Attachment Research (EAR) dissertation award from the Society in Emotion and Attachment Studies (SEAS).

    Pehr Granqvist is Professor of Psychology, Stockholm University. He has more than 20 years experience conducting and communicating attachment research. He has worked closely with leading researchers in the field of attachment. He received the 2023 William James Award from the American Psychological Association.