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Continuing bonds in bereavement: an attachment theory based perspective

Publication year
2005
Author(s)
Field, N. P.; Gao, B.; Paderna, L.
Pages
277-99
Volume
29
Number
4

An attachment theory based perspective on the continuing bond to the deceased (CB) is proposed. The value of attachment theory in specifying the normative course of CB expression and in identifying adaptive versus maladaptive variants of CB expression based on their deviation from this normative course is outlined. The role of individual differences in attachment security on effective versus ineffective use of CB in coping with bereavement also is addressed. Finally, the moderating influence of type of loss (e.g., death of a spouse vs. child), culture, and religion on type of CB expression within an overarching attachment framework is discussed.

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