Methods of Assessing Adult Attachment: Do They Converge?

Kim Bartholomew and Phillip R. Shaver


Bartholomew, K., & Shaver, P. R. (1998). Methods of assessing adult attachment: Do they converge? In J. A. Simpson & W. S. Rholes (Eds.), Attachment Theory and Close Relationships (pp. 25-45). New York: Guilford.

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For a reprint, please contact Kim Bartholomew. Psychology Department. Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, British Columbia V5A 1S6. [e-mail]


Measures of adult attachment differ in terms of domain (family, peer, or romantic relationships), method (interview, Q-Sort, or self-report), dimensionality (categories, prototype ratings, or dimensions), and categorization systems. Despite such differences, the measures converge to varying degrees, especially when reliability and statistical power are sufficiently high.



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