AAI coherence predicts caregiving and care seeking behavior

Secure base script knowledge helps explain why

Theo Waters, Susan L. Brockmeyer, Judith A. Crowell

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    Previous research has demonstrated significant links between the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) and secure base use and support in marital interactions. The mechanisms underlying such findings have not been examined in detail. This paper examines the hypothesis that script-like attachment representations shape both attachment narratives and attachment-related caregiving behavior and thus helps explain the correlation between them. Crowell et al. (2002) reported that AAI transcript coherence is significantly related to adults' caregiving and care seeking in couple problem solving interactions. In a random selection of 60 cases from that study, we assessed the extent to which interviewees conceptualized their early attachment experiences in terms of a secure base script. A series of regression analyses demonstrated that approximately 80% of the correlation between AAI coherence and laboratory caregiving and care seeking reported by Crowell et al. (2002) is accounted for by secure base script knowledge. Scoring secure base script knowledge from AAI transcripts is a useful step toward understanding links between early experience, adult attachment representations, and adults' ability to provide and seek support in close relationships.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)316-331
    Number of pages16
    JournalAttachment and Human Development
    Volume15
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - May 1 2013

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    Keywords

    • Adult Attachment Interview
    • attachment
    • couple problem solving
    • secure base script

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    • Developmental and Educational Psychology
    • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    AAI coherence predicts caregiving and care seeking behavior : Secure base script knowledge helps explain why. / Waters, Theo; Brockmeyer, Susan L.; Crowell, Judith A.

    In: Attachment and Human Development, Vol. 15, No. 3, 01.05.2013, p. 316-331.

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    Waters, Theo ; Brockmeyer, Susan L. ; Crowell, Judith A. / AAI coherence predicts caregiving and care seeking behavior : Secure base script knowledge helps explain why. In: Attachment and Human Development. 2013 ; Vol. 15, No. 3. pp. 316-331.
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