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Keywords:

  • attachment;
  • couple health;
  • cultural diversity;
  • feminist theory;
  • gender and family relationships;
  • social constructionist and feminist theories of therapy

The author critiques attachment theory through a feminist lens and argues that the focus of attachment theory on relational bonds is consistent with feminist values but that theorists must place attachment processes with the larger societal context such as gender, culture, and power. The article focuses on the historical context, values, and assumptions embedded in attachment theory, then offers 5 guidelines for a feminist application of attachment theory to adult relationships. The article concludes with an illustrative examination of a study of depression, attachment styles, and marital satisfaction.