Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Reyes, G. 2010. Attachment Styles. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Unraveling the nature of the bonds that form between people and identifying the sources of variation in the relational characteristics observed across groups of people are prominent topics in the social sciences. One approach to explaining and predicting the variations in close personal relationships is to classify individuals based on consistent patterns of interpersonal behavior and emotional reactions to relational partners. A variety of typologies based on Bowlby's (1969) attachment theory have been proposed for classifying interpersonal tendencies according to prototypical categories known as attachment styles. Attachment styles have been classified categorically on the basis of observed behavioral differences in response to controlled situations, by inference from responses to structured interviews, and from scores derived from responses to multiple-choice questionnaires.