Adult attachment stems from a long and somewhat complicated background. It has widespread roots in evolutionary theory and in childhood. Research began with Bowlby’s theory of infant-caregiver attachment and has branched into how humans choose mates and stay together for a lifetime. This type of bond is exclusive to the close relationships experienced in mothers and children and in future romantic pairings.
Adult attachment is a topic that deserves more attention in research. Little is known about its effects and there is confusion over how to assess a person’s style (dimensional, categorical, past, present, etc.) Knowledge in this subject may help people to understand how pair bonds are formed and, perhaps more importantly, maintained. Understanding could have implications in family therapy, marriage counseling, and perhaps lowering the divorce rate. It could shed some light on a subject that affects everyone at some point in life.