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A validation of the Experiences in Close Relationships-Relationship Structures scale (ECR-RS) in adolescents

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  • Dagmar Feddern Donbaek, Denmark
  • Ask Elklit, Videnscenter for Psykotraumatologi, Denmark
Emerging evidence points toward a two-dimensional attachment construct: avoidance and anxiety. The Experiences in Close Relationships-Relationship Structures scale (ECR-RS; Fraley, Heffernan, Vicary, & Brumbaugh, 2011) is a questionnaire assessing two-dimensional relationship-specific attachment structures in adults and, hence, moves beyond the traditional focus on romantic relationships. The present article explored the psychometric abilities of the ECR-RS across parental and best friend domains in a sample of 15 to 18-year-olds (n = 1999). Two oblique factors were revealed across domains, exhibiting satisfactory construct validity, including factorspecific links to the model of adult attachment (Bartholomew & Horowitz, 1991), and independent factor discrimination between subgroups. A robust validation supports the application of the ECR-RS to assessing relationship-specific adolescent attachment structures.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAttachment & Human Development
Pages (from-to)58-76
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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