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Attachment Theory and its Effects on Relationships

Based upon your knowledge of Attachment Theory, does attachment style predict later relationships? Why or why not?

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Attachment theory is a psychological, evolutionary and ethological theory concerning relationships between humans. The corcerstone of attachment theory is that a young child needs a secure relationship with his/her primary adult caregiver in order to maintain emotional stability. Therefore, parental responses have a strong impact on the inner wokings of the child's schema, leading to either positive or negative working models that will become the driving forces in that child's actions, reactions, and expectations in later relationships.

Therefore, I do believe attachment style predicts later relationships. ...

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Attachment theory is a psychological, evolutionary and ethological theory concerning relationships between humans. The most important tenet of attachment theory is that a young child needs a secure relationship to a single primary adult caregiver for normal social and emotional development to take place... Parental responses lead to the development of patterns of attachment which in turn lead to internal working models which will guide the individual's feelings, thoughts and expectations in later relationships. Continue below for an indepth discussion about how attachment style predicts an individual's future relationships. (366 words)

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