Attachment and relationships: Milestones and future directions

Jeffry A. Simpson, W. Steven Rholes

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Adult attachment researchers have made important strides during the past 25 years in testing and applying attachment theory to multiple personal and interpersonal domains. We highlight some of the major milestones and then propose several directions for future research. Some of the most important and promising directions include testing additional normative processes implied by attachment theory, developing and testing critical connections between attachment theory and other major interpersonal theories, and identifying pathways between attachment processes and long-term health outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-180
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2010


  • Attachment
  • Health
  • Individual differences
  • Normative processes


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