Fundamentals of Attachment Theory

  • Jonathan HunterEmail author
  • Robert Maunder
  • Thao Lan Le


This chapter provides a grounding in the basics of attachment theory, which will be built upon in later chapters in order to explicate the relevance of attachment for healthcare. The fundamentals described include: attachment classifications; the internal working model; the interplay of attachment with gender, culture, and mental illness; how attachment styles change over time; and the relevance of attachment insecurity to the actual development of disease, via the use of external regulators of affect and the physiological toll on stress response that increases allostatic load.


Personality Disorder Attachment Style Insecure Attachment Borderline Personality Disorder Attachment Anxiety 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Toronto, Mount Sinai HospitalTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryMount Sinai Hospital, Institute of Medical Science, University of TorontoTorontoCanada

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