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Adult Attachment Scale (AAS)

The Adult Attachment Scale (AAS) was officially developed in 1990 but built on the earlier work of Hazen & Shaver (1987) and Levy & Davis (1988). The scale was developed by decomposing the original three prototypical descriptions (Hazen & Shaver, 1987) into a series of 18 items.

The scale consists of 18 items scored on a 5 point Likert-type scale. It measures adult attachment styles named “Secure”, “Anxious” and “Avoidant”, defined as:

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• Secure = high scores on Close and Depend on subscales, a low score on the Anxiety subscale

• Anxious = high score on Anxiety subscale, moderate scores on Close and Depend on subscales

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• Avoidant = low scores on Close, Depend, and Anxiety subscales

Adult Attachment Scale (AAS)

Authors

  • Nancy L. Collins, Stephen J. Read

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