From the cradle to the grave: Relationship dynamics over time and across situations
Monday September 30, 2019 (3:30 PM – 5:00 PM)
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Michigan State University
Attachment theory was originally conceptualized by John Bowlby as a theory that characterizes social interactions “from the cradle to the grave.” However, the majority of attachment research is conducted on young adults–a time before which many attachment-related transitions happen. This talk takes a lifespan perspective and will examine how relationships change over time and across the lifespan. I draw on cross-sectional, cross-cultural, and longitudinal data to give a comprehensive picture for the conditions under which attachment changes are most likely. The talk will conclude with a discussion on the enduring influence of early relationships.