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Attachment Style Change and Related Factors: A Review of the Literature

20 March 2009


While it is clear that fluctuations in attachment styles are common (Baldwin & Fehr, 1995), it is unclear what conditions contribute to such changes. In order to fill this gap, this thesis updates attachment theory to inform practice by identifying common factors related to meaningful change in attachment style. First, background information regarding attachment theory and measurement of the construct are provided. Next, three models of attachment style change and evidence for their utility is presented. Finally, common predictors of attachment style change are identified and recommendations are made about how to use the findings to enhance attachment theory and improve mental health service provision.


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