Bowlby wrote that attachment characterizes human relationships from the cradle to the grave and he speculated that during later life, attachment relationships might form between members of the older generation and members of young generations, reversing some of the dynamics in early life. In other words, older people may form attachment relationships with their adult children (as well as maintaining attachment relationships they have already, such as romantic attachments with partners). However, despite Bowlbys interest in later life attachment, the majority of attachment research in the past 50 years or so has tended to focus on childhood more so than on adult attachment .
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