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Romantic Attachment Styles

What are the three romantic attachment styles described by Shaver and colleagues? Briefly describe one, and give an example of how it might 'look.' How are these similar to early attachment styles described by researchers such as Bowlby and Ainsworth?

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1. What are the three romantic attachment styles described by Shaver and colleagues? Briefly describe one, and give an example of how it might 'look.'

Hazan and Shaver extended attachment theory to adult romantic relationships in 1987. According to Hazan and Shaver, the emotional bond that develops between adult romantic partners is partly a function of the same motivational system--the attachment behavioral system--that gives rise to the emotional bond between infants and their caregivers. (5)

· Secure: individuals low in both anxiety and avoidance,
· Anxious/ambivalent and
· Avoidant (3)

For example, according to Fraley (2004), if adult romantic relationships are attachment relationships, then we should observe the same kinds of individual differences in adult relationships that Ainsworth observed in infant-caregiver relationships. Thus, we may expect some adults, for example, to be secure in their relationships. We would expect these secure individuals in relationships to feel confident that ...

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