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From the perspective of evolutionary psychology attachment has a clear purpose in maintaining the relationship bonds that lead to mating, and binding the consequent offspring to the parents for protection.

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  • Belsky J. (1999).Modern evolutionary theory and patterns of attachment. In J Cassidy, PR Shaver. Handbook of attachment: Theory, research, and clinical applications. New York: The Guilford Press; pp. 141–161.


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