The Connection between Attachment Relationships and the Development of Social Interest

The style of attachment a person develops in the early years as well as one‘s level of social interest are important predictors of mental health at all stages of development. When secure attachment does not occur, behavioral, social and emotional problems may become prevalent in childhood and prevail throughout the life span. Early childhood is the critical period in the development of attachment as well as the development of social interest. This paper presented an understanding of attachment theory and of social interest and how the two are linked. The long term outcomes for people that lack secure attachment and in turn lack social interest are discussed. Recommendations for treatment of individuals of all ages experiencing attachment and social interest deficits are included.

Mary E. Anderson
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