Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology

Committee Chair

Alyson Mease Williams, Ph.D.


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Relationship dissatisfaction and divorce occur at alarming rates leading to many mental health consequences. This places a burden on mental health providers to understand and implement effective treatment for relationship problems. Attachment theory provides a conceptual framework for understanding relationship difficulties and intervening appropriately to treat them. This literature review describes the history and current research in the area of attachment, and its influence on relationship satisfaction. Suggestions for further application of the theory to improve current interventions and treatment for relationship problems are offered.