Attachment relationships as determinants of physical health.

  title={Attachment relationships as determinants of physical health.},
  author={Robert G Maunder and Jonathan J Hunter},
  journal={The journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry},
  volume={36 1},
Childhood adversity alters the relational world of the child and inhibits the development of secure attachment bonds. The purpose of this article is to survey recent evidence that attachment insecurity has the potential to impair physical health throughout the lifespan. It is proposed that attachment insecurity contributes to disease risk through a range of mechanisms which include (1) disturbances in arousal and recovery within physiological systems that respond to stress; (2) physiological… CONTINUE READING

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