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Attachment Theory and Research @ Stony Brook

The site from Stony Brook features research based links about John Bowlby and attachment theory. Of special note is their collection of online articles and slide shows about attachment theory and the Stony Brook Relationship Site, which provides links to Home pages for researchers working in the area of attachment theory.

Parental Acceptance-Rejection Theory

This online text outlines the theory of parental acceptance-rejection theory. It was written by Ronald P. Rhomer from the University of Connecticut.

About.com on Attachment

This page from About.com presents research on adult attachment. The page also provides an online survey Are You A Secure Lover? to discern wht your attachment style is.

The loving ties that bond. Susan H. Greenberg. Newsweek, Spring-Summer 1997 v129 p68(3).

Parents and children need to bond from birth to build a trusting relationship. Babies form attachments to their care givers, but the quality of the attachments depends on the confidence level they have in their care giver. Confidence is built by sensitive response to their needs. InfoTrac.

Personality correlates of adult attachment style. Steven A. Meyers. The Journal of Social Psychology, June 1998 v138 n3 p407(3).

A study was conducted on the relationship between adult attachment style and personality characteristics involved in the management of affect and anxiety, using the Defense Mechanism inventory, Self-Esteem Scale and the Adult Attachment Questionnaire. Results revealed that ambivalently attached students displayed lower levels of personal competence and higher levels of psychological distress. They also had lower self-esteem scores than securely attached students. However, no significant differences were found among group scores for other scales measured by the Defense Mechanism Inventory. InfoTrac.

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