Adult attachment: investigating the factor structure of the Relationship Scales Questionnaire

Zortea, T. C. , Gray, C. M. and O'Connor, R. C. (2019) Adult attachment: investigating the factor structure of the Relationship Scales Questionnaire. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 75(12), pp. 2169-2187. (doi: 10.1002/jclp.22838) (PMID:31332813)

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Abstract

Objective: In this study, we aimed to conduct an in‐depth psychometric investigation of the Relationships Scales Questionnaire (RSQ). Method: About 717 UK‐based participants responded to an online questionnaire (F = 540, M = 177; age range 18–66 years, M = 25, SD = 8.46). We conducted (a) a series of confirmatory factor analyses (CFA) to test previously published factor models of the RSQ, (b) traditional (exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis) and contemporary (exploratory graph analysis) exploratory techniques, followed by (c) validity and reliability analyses. Results: Although the RSQ was developed to assess four categories of adult attachment (typological approach – i.e., secure, preoccupied, dismissing, and fearful), our findings do not support the hypothesis that the RSQ delivers a psychometrically consistent measure of adult attachment styles. Conclusion: The results of the present study suggest that a two‐dimensional approach (i.e., anxiety and avoidance) to assessing adult attachment is optimal.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This study is funded by a scholarship from the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and TechnologicalDevelopment to the primary author (Process Number 203245/2014‐8). This study was supported, in part, by ROC's research funding Project no. 146181‐01 provided by University of Glasgow.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gray, Professor Cindy and Zortea, Dr Tiago and O'Connor, Professor Rory
Authors: Zortea, T. C., Gray, C. M., and O'Connor, R. C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Journal of Clinical Psychology
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0021-9762
ISSN (Online):1097-4679
Published Online:23 July 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
First Published:First published in Journal of Clinical Psychology 75(12):2169-2187
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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