Research carried out by Ainsworth into attachment suggested there were different classifications of styles. This was found by use of the strange situation experiment. A secure style was defined by trust and availability. Avoidant style by displays of insecurity and emotional avoidance and ambivalent is when the child shows both desire and insecurity for comfort. A similar type of experiment was carried out on adults by Hazen and Shaver. The love quiz was a self-reporting quiz on adults where they were asked to describe parent child relationships with a view to seeing how these corresponded to their adult attachment type.(as cited in Wood et al 2007 p25) Another view is that adult attachments can be just as defining. Research carried out by Main and Goldwyn (1984) showed that adults could have earned security through their close attachments
As most studies have been based on the mother child relationship this study was designed to focus more on the male influences. Using thematic analysis of the filmed semi structured interview. This allowed the participants actual words to be analysed. Focusing on attachment theory the research question is "How do adults perceive that significant others in their lives have affected their development?