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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Call for Special Issue: Advances in Fostering Attachment Security

25.10.2019, by Tina Keil in call for papers

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH); Submission deadline: March 15th, 2020

Attachment security has been associated with a myriad of positive intrapersonal and interpersonal outcomes, including high-quality relationships, high levels of self-esteem, efficacy, autonomy, subjective and physical well-being, and better work outcomes. Originally rooted in parent-child bonding processes and early attachment patterns, adult attachment-secure orientation develops when adults have experiences that shape specific beliefs - namely that others are trustworthy and that they are worthy of receiving and providing caregiving. In contrast, others have more negative experiences that develop into anxious tendencies whereby individuals become preoccupied in their relationships, and/or avoidant tendencies whereby individuals avoid intimacy to lessen the highly aversive impact of rejection. Research on adult attachment processes tends to treat such differences as stable, chronic dispositions that are difficult to change and that dictate personal and interpersonal outcomes throughout the lifespan. However, recent research suggests ways of mitigating insecurity, and even enhancing security, as new experiences cause attachment orientation to change over time with different people. Given the numerous advantages of being interpersonally secure, there is widespread interest in unearthing mechanisms and developing strategies that strengthen attachment security.

This Special Issue seeks papers that advance insights into how attachment security can be enhanced in adults, in both clinical and non-clinical settings. We welcome papers that examine naturally occurring processes or utilize experimental approaches, as well as high-quality theoretical or systematic reviews that offer insights into how attachment insecurity can be mitigated or how security can be fostered. We hope that this Special Issue will facilitate a diverse range of research into how individuals can become more interpersonally secure, which, in turn, are expected to contribute to higher quality relationships and increased well-being.

For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue website at

The submission deadline is 15 March 2020. Manuscripts should be submitted through the online manuscript submission and editorial system at You need to choose IJERPH as the journal title, “Advances in Fostering Attachment Security” as a Special Issue title. For further details on the submission process, please see the instructions for authors at the journal website (

IJERPH (ISSN 1660-4601) is an international, open-access journal on environmental health sciences and public health with an impact factor of 2.468 in 2018. Article processing charges (APC) of 1800 Swiss Francs (CHF) apply to accepted papers. If you have financial difficulties, please keep us well informed and we would like to apply 200-400 CHF discount for you. All articles are published with a CC BY 4.0 license. For more information on the CC BY license, please see