Love And Attachment

Write a 3–4-page assessment in which you examine possible connections between adult attachment styles and the types of love that adults develop.

Theories and research about attachment and love can be applied to both one’s personal and professional life.

Suggested Resources

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The following optional resources are provided to support you in completing the assessment or to provide a helpful context. For additional resources, refer to the Research Resources and Supplemental Resources in the left navigation menu of your courseroom.

Library Resources

The following e-books or articles from the Capella University Library are linked directly in this course. Note: Some of the articles listed are fairly old and are included here because they are considered seminal works in the field.

  • Abele, A. E., & Brack, S. (2013). Preference for other persons’ traits is dependent on the kind of social relationship. Social Psychology, 44(2), 84–94.
  • Anderson, S. L., Adams, G., & Plaut, V. C. (2008). The cultural grounding of personal relationship: The importance of attractiveness in everyday life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95(2), 352–368.
  • Ayduk, O., Mendoza-Denton, R., Mischel, W., Downey, G., Peake, P. K., & Rodriguez, M. (2000). Regulating the interpersonal self: Strategic self-regulation for coping with rejection sensitivity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79(5), 776–792.
  • Eastwick, P. W., & Hunt, L. L. (2014). Relational mate value: Consensus and uniqueness in romantic evaluations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106(5), 728–751.
  • Eastwick, P. W., & Finkel, E. J. (2008). The attachment system in fledgling relationships: An activating role for attachment anxiety. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95(3), 628–647.
  • Feeney, J. A., & Noller, P. (1990). Attachment style as a predictor of adult romantic relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 58(2), 281–291.
  • Oswald, R. (2002). Inclusion and belonging in the family rituals of gay and lesbian people. Journal of Family Psychology, 16(4), 428–436.

Course Library Guide

A Capella University library guide has been created specifically for your use in this course. You are encouraged to refer to the resources in the Introduction to Social Psychology Library Guide to help direct your research.

Internet Resources

Access the following resources by clicking the links provided. Please note that URLs change frequently. Permissions for the following links have either been granted or deemed appropriate for educational use at the time of course publication.

  • PsychologyConcepts.com. (n.d.). The science of love: The Aron study [Video] | Transcript. Retrieved from http://www.psychologyconcepts.com/dutton-and-aron-suspension-bridge-experiment 
    • This video describes research that tests the theory that danger can provoke passion.

Assessment Instructions

Look in the Capella library for research articles on the topic of attachment styles in adulthood, theories of love, and the relationship between attachment styles and types of love. Consider whether there is a connection between adult attachment styles and the types of love adults develop. In your assessment, include the following:

  • Examine the relationship between Sternberg’s triangular theory of love and types of adult attachment as described by Baumeister and Bushman (see the Context for this assessment).
    • Are specific types of attachment related to specific types of love?
    • Does research support a connection between type of adult attachment and type of adult love?
  • Explain how a psychology professional can use the research on attachment styles and types of love to help people prepare for success in couple relationships.

Your submitted assessment should be 3–4 pages in length, excluding title page and reference page. Be sure to follow APA guidelines for format and style.

Additional Requirements

  • Include a title page and reference page.
  • At least three current scholarly or professional resources.
  • APA format.
  • Times New Roman font, 12 point.
  • Double spaced.

Love and Attachment Scoring Guide

CRITERIA NON-PERFORMANCE BASIC PROFICIENT DISTINGUISHED Examine the relationship between adult attachment styles and types of adult love.Does not describe the relationship between adult attachment styles and types of adult love. Describes the relationship between adult attachment styles and types of adult love. Examines the relationship between adult attachment styles and types of adult love. Examines the relationship between adult attachment styles and types of adult love; supports analysis with examples from case studies or real life. Explain how research on love and attachment can be used to help individuals in a professional setting.Does not explain how research on love and attachment can be used to help individuals in a professional setting. Explains how research on love and attachment can be used to help individuals but is unclear how to use it in a professional setting. Explains how research on love and attachment can be used to help individuals in a professional setting. Explains how research on love and attachment can be used to help individuals in a professional setting and includes strategies a psychology professional might use. Use valid, scholarly research resources relevant to the field of social psychology.Does not use valid, scholarly research resources relevant to the field of social psychology. Uses research resources that are not valid, scholarly, or relevant to the field social psychology such as Wikipedia or About.com. Uses valid, scholarly research resources relevant to the field of social psychology. Uses valid, scholarly research resources relevant to the field of social psychology and establishes the credibility of the research. Write coherently to support a central idea with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics as expected of a psychology professional.Writing does not support a central idea. Does not use correct grammar, usage, and mechanics as expected of a psychology professional. Writing supports an idea but is inconsistent and contains major errors of grammar, usage, and mechanics. Writing coherently supports a central idea with few errors of grammar, usage, and mechanics. Writing is coherent, using evidence to support a central idea with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics as expected of a psychology professional. Use APA format and style.Does not use APA format and style. Uses APA format and style but inconsistently and with errors. Uses APA format and style consistently and with few errors. Uses correct APA format and style consistently and with no errors.