Indeed, therapists frequently encounter clients (both individuals and couples) with varying levels of desire to continue their current relationships (see Doss, Simpson, & Christensen, 2004).
This study examines how patterns of decision-making in relationships are associated with other relationship characteristics, including relationship quality, commitment, and extra-dyadic involvement.Stanley, Rhoades, and Markman (2006) have put forth a model of explaining risks related to how relationship transitions occur.The purpose of this module is to provide a brief review of attachment theory—a theory designed to explain the significance of the close, emotional bonds that children develop with their caregivers and the implications of those bonds for understanding personality development.The module discusses the origins of the theory, research on individual differences in attachment security in infancy and childhood, and the role of attachment in adult relationships.Their work was heavily criticised by subsequent researchers, due to its simplicity and categorisation (Collins and Read 1990, Simpson, 1990).
Griffin and Bartholomew addressed this in 1994, using a four-category questionnaire to measure adult attachment.
Mary Ainsworth and John Bowlby founded modern attachment theory on studies of children and their caregivers.
Children and caregivers remained the primary focus of attachment theory for many years.
To the author's knowledge, these two measures have not been used together before.
68 male and female participants from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds participated in the study, with a mean age of 34 years for women and 37 years for men.
And, not surprisingly, some of the most painful experiences in people’s lives involve the disruption of important social bonds, such as separation from a spouse, losing a parent, or being abandoned by a loved one.