Attachment and development in the early years dominated the original research agenda. However, over the past twenty or so years, spurred on by some very creative social and personality psychologists, the study of attachment in adulthood has added a new impetus to the subject. Beginning as a theory of child development, Bowlby’s (1979: 129) hope that attachment’s potential as a lifecourse theory of human behaviour and relationships began to be realized. ‘To dub attachment behaviour in adult life regressive is indeed to overlook the vital role that it plays in the life of man from the cradle to the grave’ (Bowlby 1997: 208).
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