This volume provides unique and valuable firsthand accounts of the most important longitudinal studies of attachment. Presented are a range of research programs that have broadened our understanding of attachment in and outside of the family context and its role in individual adaptation throughout life. In addition to discussing the pivotal findings that emerged from each study, leading investigators offer rare reflections on the process of scientific discovery. Themes addressed include the complexities of designing studies that span years or even decades; challenges in translating theoretical constructs into age-appropriate assessments; the ways in which Bowlby's original models have been refined and elaborated; and how attachment interacts with other key variables that shape individual developmental trajectories.
"'The child is father to the man': Wordsworth intuited it; Freud asserted it; Bowlby systematized it; this book proves it. Grossmann, Grossmann, and Waters have assembled an illustrious gallery of top attachment and developmental researchers. They present their findings in ways that are scientifically convincing as well as highly readable and personally moving. Reductionists, eat your hearts out--or, rather, start to search for the mechanisms that underlie these incontrovertible links between childhood attachment experience and adult relational competence. This volume is a 'must' for all psychotherapeutic clinicians and child development researchers, and will become a standard text for courses in clinical psychology and social work. I will certainly use it as such in the master's program in psychological therapies that I run."--Jeremy Holmes, MD, FRCPsych, University of Exeter and University College London, UK
"This book provides a unique overview of more than 30 years of fascinating longitudinal research on attachment development. It contains marvelous reports of the seminal longitudinal studies conducted by the most well-known people in the field. The volume demonstrates in an impressive manner how empirical findings not only can confirm assumptions derived from theory, but also can challenge those assumptions and thus contribute to the ongoing development of the theory. As such, it is highly interesting reading for experienced researchers as well as students."--Gottfried Spangler, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
"Attachment theory really comes of age in this volume....Contributions written by pioneers and current giants in the field impressively connect attachment theory and research to cross-cultural variations, the social context, and human evolution. This book is required reading for anyone interested in the contemporary and long-term consequences of early close relationships."--Arnold J. Sameroff, PhD, Center for Human Growth and Development, University of Michigan
"This book presents an intriguing view of the evolution of an entire scientific field. Interwoven with important data and theoretical discussions, we find historical and personal notes from the people who have been instrumental in making child-parent attachment a central area within developmental psychology. The fascinating, up-to-date accounts in this volume will be useful and inspiring for readers in scientific and applied settings."--Gunilla Bohlin, PhD, and Berit Hagekull, PhD, Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, Sweden