Stretched until it snaps: Attachment and close relationships

Marinus H. Van IJzendoorn*, Marian J. Bakermans-Kranenburg

*Corresponding author for this work

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M. Del Giudice and J. Belsky (this issue) suggest that males and females tend to follow different reproductive strategies associated with different types of insecure attachments. It is clear that gender differences in reproductive strategies and in close relationships may exist. However, there is no support for gender differences in attachment behaviors and representations in the current evidence base. The authors propose to consider attachment and close relationships as horses of different colors and to examine their potentially gendered association as independently assessed constructs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-111
Number of pages3
JournalChild Development Perspectives
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult Attachment Interview
  • Attachment
  • Gender
  • Life span
  • Strange Situation


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