Attachment and separation in young children

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

59 Scopus citations


Attachment theory is criticized for being based on momentary stressful situations, for being limited to behaviors that occur with the primary attachment figure, for including only overt behaviors in its paradigm, and for failing to consider multiple attachments at different stages of life. A model of psychological attunement is then presented and supported by several studies documenting behavioral, physiological, and biochemical responses to separations from parents and peers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)541-561
Number of pages21
JournalAnnual Review of Psychology
StatePublished - 1996


  • Psychobiological attunement
  • Stress and coping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Attachment and separation in young children'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this