Although attachment theory is more commonly discussed with regards to child adult relationships, from the outset of his work Bowlby recognized that attachment could be a useful framework for understanding close human relationships from ‘the cradle to the grave’. However, it was not until the 1980s that attachment researchers really began to focus on adult-to-adult relationships. As with any discussion of attachment, it is important to be clear on the distinction between an attachment and other kinds of bonding and of the key differences between adult-to-adult attachments and childto-adult attachments. With regards to the former, an attachment is a specifi c type of bond, but attachment is not a synonym for bond or for relationship. For example, an adult may have a bond of friendship with another adult but may not have an attachment relationship to that friend.
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