The Psychobiology of Attachment and the Aetiology of Disease

  • Tara KiddEmail author


The purpose of this chapter is to examine whether adult attachment insecurity confers a risk to physical health by examining the physiological components of the stress experience. It will focus primarily on the association between attachment and physiological stress responses as one potential mechanism that may explain “why” individual differences in regulatory strategies may be implicated in aetiology of disease. We begin by providing a brief overview of stress and health, then describe the impact of attachment processes on stress response, integrate these findings into the broader context of the stress literature, and end by mapping out future directions for contributing research.


Cortisol Response Allostatic Load Attachment Anxiety Cortisol Awakening Response Cortisol Reactivity 
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  1. 1.Psychobiology Group, Department of Epidemiology and Public HealthUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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