`It is an excellent volume for attachment researchers at all levels. Researchers and students will find this volume a helpful and generative introduction to adult attachment. The authors set out to increase interest in adult attachment and encourage research in the field. I believe that this coherent, thought-provoking summary of adult attachment research easily accomplishes their goal' - Contemporary Psychology Attachment theory is one of the most popular perspectives currently influencing research in close relationships - and is important in many other fields since the quality of intimate relationships is a key determinant of subjective well-being. This intriguing volume draws together diverse strands of attachment theory to give a coherent contemporary account.Placing particular emphasis on dating, marital relationships and the effects of early social experiences on intimate behaviour in later life, the authors examine: theoretical and empirical work on attachment as well as on issues of conceptualization and measurement, on the relationship between attachment and working models, and on the links between attachment and other central life tasks such as work.