Table 1

Attachment styles

Attachment style in childAttachment style in adultMental model of selfMental model of otherImpression
Secure.Secure.Worthy of care.Able and willing to provide care.Sensible, easy to help.
Avoidant.Dismissive.Worthy of care.Incapable of providing care.Compulsively self-reliant.
Anxious.Preoccupied.Worthy of care.Unwilling of providing care.Compulsively care-seeking.
Disorganised.Fearful.Unworthy of care.Unwilling and/or incapable of providing care.Help-seeking but rejecting of help.
  • Different styles of attachment have been described, and although the categories are very similar between adults and children they have different names.