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A Construct Validation and Extension of the Adolescent Attachment Questionnaire (AAQ)

Bodfield, K, Putwain, DW, Carey, P and Rowley, A (2020) A Construct Validation and Extension of the Adolescent Attachment Questionnaire (AAQ). Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 37 (12). pp. 3070-3082. ISSN 0265-4075

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The adolescent attachment questionnaire (AAQ) is designed to measure adolescent attachment patterns through three components: availability, goal-corrected partnership, and angry-distress. To date there has not been a confirmatory factor analysis conducted to determine the fit of data to this theoretical model on a UK sample. This study aimed to assess the construct validity of the AAQ through cognitive interviews and a confirmatory factor analysis. Participants were adolescents aged between 12 and 16. Results from the cognitive interviews indicated that participants could correctly interpret the items. Confirmatory factor analysis showed a good fit of data to a three-factor model. Therefore, it can be concluded that the AAQ is a valid measure for attachment patterns in adolescents, provided that attachment is approached as a three-factor concept.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Education
Teaching & Learning Academy
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2020 09:07
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2022 10:15
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/0265407520951267
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13410
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