B4218 - Does attachment style at age 3 predict ones mental well-being at age 23 - 21/12/2022

B number: 
Principal applicant name: 
Alexandria Andrayas | School of Psychological Science
Professor Marcus Munafo, Dorothy Chong
Title of project: 
Does attachment style at age 3 predict one’s mental well-being at age 23?
Proposal summary: 

Attachment style theory by Bowlby (1962) states that infants have a primary goal to bond with and maintain proximity to their caregiver, which evolved for survival purposes. Ainsworth later identified four attachment styles: secure, avoidant, anxious and disorganised attachment styles. These attachment styles formed in childhood were suggested to be associated with one’s future emotional and social development, communications and interpersonal relationships in adulthood. This study aims to examine whether attachment styles at age 3 predict an individual's well-being at age 23.

Impact of research: 
Findings could have significant practical implications in improving one’s well being starting from infancy/childhood and more useful intervention could therefore be provided according to results later on.
Date proposal received: 
Sunday, 11 December, 2022
Date proposal approved: 
Wednesday, 21 December, 2022