Spring 2019

Psychology of Attachment

Listed in: Psychology, as PSYC-365


Lisa A. Raskin (Section 01)
Camilla E. Trapness (Section 01)


Attachment theory has long been a framework for understanding the development of mental health and psychopathology. To what extent do infant attachments enhance, or disrupt, later adult relationships? Do early traumas in attachments affect the development of psychopathology? Can brain development be influenced by infant attachments? What role do adult relational attachments play in mental health? In this seminar we will examine attachment theory from a psychodynamic and psychobiological perspective. We will review some of the classic attachment literature of psychoanalytic theorists, for example, John Bowlby, Melanie Klein, and D.W. Winnicott. We will read the empirical evidence that measures attachment styles in children and adults, and we will discover how translational research from animal models reveals the possible neural and physiological correlates that mediate attachment behaviors. This is an upper-level seminar, which requires full student participation in class discussion as well as weekly writings, and student presentations.

Requisite: PSYC 212, 221, 227, or 228, or consent of the instructor. Limited to 18 students. Spring semester. Professor Raskin.

If Overenrolled: Junior and senior psychology students have priority.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2019