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`It is an excellent volume for attachment researchers at all levels. Researchers and students will find this volume a helpful and generative introduction to adult attachment. The authors set out to increase interest in adult attachment and encourage research in the field. I believe that this coherent, thought-provoking summary of adult attachment research easily accomplishes their goal' - Contemporary Psychology Attachment theory is one of the most popular perspectives currently influencing research in close relationships - and is important in many other fields since the quality of intimate relationships is a key determinant of subjective well-being. This intriguing volume draws together diverse strands of at

Conceptualizing and Measuring Adult Attachment
Conceptualizing and measuring adult attachment

Hazan and Shaver's (1987) studies of adult attachment provided the impetus for what soon became a burgeoning field of research. As Hazan and Shaver and other researchers point out, however, the original forced-choice item (see Table 2.1) clearly had limitations as a measure of attachment style. In particular, reliance on a single item raised concerns about the reliability of measurement. These concerns were exacerbated by the fact that the forced-choice format requires subjects to choose from complex alternatives, each covering a range of themes (e.g., trust, dependence, and comfort with closeness).

In discussing attachment measures, three points should be noted. First, despite the calls for more refined instruments, Hazan and Shaver's (1987) categorical measure remains reasonably

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