The evolutionary ecology of attachment organization.

Bibliographic Collection: 
MOCA Reference, APE
Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Chisholm, J S
Year of Publication: 1996
Journal: Hum Nat
Volume: 7
Issue: 1
Pagination: 1-37
Date Published: 1996 Mar
Publication Language: eng
ISSN: 1045-6767

Life history theory's principle of allocation suggests that because immature organisms cannot expend reproductive effort, the major trade-off facing juveniles will be the one between survival, on one hand, and growth and development, on the other. As a consequence, infants and children might be expected to possess psychobiological mechanisms for optimizing this trade-off. The main argument of this paper is that the attachment process serves this function and that individual differences in attachment organization (secure, insecure, and possibly others) may represent facultative adaptations to conditions of risk and uncertainty that were probably recurrent in the environment of human evolutionary adaptedness.

DOI: 10.1007/BF02733488
Alternate Journal: Hum Nat
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