An attachment perspective on loss and grief

Mario Mikulincer, Phillip R. Shaver

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Attachment theory provides a useful framework for understanding emotional reactions to separation and loss and the process of adapting to these painful events. In this article, we review adult attachment studies that have examined emotional reactions and adjustment to separation and loss in romantic and marital relationships. We begin with a brief account of attachment theory. Next, we review studies examining the emotional consequences of losing a relationship partner and the coping responses that can help a person adjust to this loss. Throughout the article, we also summarize research documenting attachment-related individual differences in responses to separation and loss. (99 words).

Original languageEnglish
Article number101283
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
StatePublished - Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes

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  • Attachment
  • Bereavement
  • Emotion regulation
  • Grief
  • Loss
  • Separation


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