The Attachment Theory of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions


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Dustin, a young adult, has short-term romantic relationships because he does not trust his significant others to stay and to not hurt him. What attachment style did he likely have with his mother as a child?

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1. In the study conducted by Mary Ainsworth and her colleagues, the babies with _____ attachment happily explored the unfamiliar playroom as long as the mother was nearby.

2. Attachment theory predicts that children who have a secure relationship with their mother grow up to have _____ romantic relationships.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you quickly assess the various attachment styles theorized by John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth. You will need to be able to recognize the styles by their descriptions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review the attachment styles related to:

  • Adults with short-term romantic relationships and issues with trust
  • Babies that happily explore an unfamiliar environment as long as the mother is nearby
  • Babies that have secure relationships with their mothers
  • Adults with unstable, jealous relationships
  • Babies who hardly notice when their mother has left and returned

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related attachment theory lesson
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding what kind of romantic relationships children with secure mother-child relationships will grow up to have
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to answer a question about the attachment style that causes short-term romantic relationships and issues with trust

Additional Learning

To learn more about attachment theory, review the accompanying lesson called The Attachment Theory of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify what the Attachment Theory of Love is and how it relates to children's relationships with their caregivers
  • Review what a secure attachment style is and how infants act when exhibiting this style
  • Learn about avoidant attachment styles
  • Recall the attachment style of anxious/ambivalent and what one experiment showed
  • Understand how attachment styles relate to adult relationships