Whether or not attachment patterns are continuous and stable over time remains an important question for attachment researchers. Although attachment security (or insecurity) is conceptualized as being a quality of particular attachment relationships, rather than as an individual trait or aspect of temperament , nevertheless attachment theory predicts an individuals attachment pattern will stay fairly consistent over time (assuming a consistent caregiving environment). This is not to say, for example, that a child will always exhibit the same attachment behaviour but it does suggest that the underlying approach or strategy for dealing with attachmentrelated anxiety and stress will tend to remain the same and there is some evidence to support this view.
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