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date: 11 May 2021

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Attachment theory is a psychological, evolutionary, and behavioral theory concerning relationships between people. It is thought to play a significant role in shaping one's life, personality, and happiness. The most important tenet of attachment theory is that a young child needs to develop a relationship with at least one primary caregiver for social and emotional development to occur normally. The current chapter discusses the nature of attachment as it relates to social class and socioeconomic status, specifically addressing parenting styles and characteristics, differences in authoritarianism, warmth, mental health, employment demands, affluence, and father factors. Further, this chapter will consider the confounding roles that race and ethnicity play in the analysis of attachment and social class. Overall, it is difficult to assess specific threats to attachment without considering the impact of poverty and social class.

Keywords: attachment, social class, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, parenting

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