Romantic love conceptualized as an attachment process.

  title={Romantic love conceptualized as an attachment process.},
  author={Cindy Hazan and Phillip R. Shaver},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={52 3},
  • C. Hazan, P. Shaver
  • Published 1 March 1987
  • Psychology
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
This article explores the possibility that romantic love is an attachment process--a biosocial process by which affectional bonds are formed between adult lovers, just as affectional bonds are formed earlier in life between human infants and their parents. Key components of attachment theory, developed by Bowlby, Ainsworth, and others to explain the development of affectional bonds in infancy, were translated into terms appropriate to adult romantic love. The translation centered on the three… 

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