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Bowlby's Theory of Attachment The theory of attachment was originally developed by John Bowlby - , a British psychoanalyst who was attempting to understand the intense distress experienced by infants who had been separated from their parents. Date The date in ISO date format after which the price will no longer be available. In the interest of improving people's lives, it will be necessary to learn more about the factors that promote attachment security and relational well-being. Although Bowlby believed that the basic dynamics described above captured the normative dynamics of the attachment behavioral system, he recognized that there are individual differences in the way children appraise the accessibility of the attachment figure and how they regulate their attachment behavior in response to threats. An iterative process was therefore undertaken to develop a suitable measure. Although this measure served as a useful way to study the association between attachment styles and relationship functioning, it didn't allow a full test of the hypothesis that the same kinds of individual differences observed in infants might be manifest among adults.