Next Steps in Attachment Theory


Department of Sociology and Institute for Research on Social Issues, 425 University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN, 46202-5140 (


Thanks to the phenomenal success of attachment theory, great progress has been made in understanding child and adult relationships. The success of attachment theory opens the way to new research directions that can extend its successes even further. In particular, more work on the fundamental nature of attachment that respects recent biological research is important, as is concentrated effort on the related caregiving system.