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Dev Psychol. 2015 Jun;51(6):823-30. doi: 10.1037/dev0000012. Epub 2015 Mar 16.

The latent structure of secure base script knowledge.

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1
Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota.
2
Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
3
Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri.
4
Human Development and Family Studies, Auburn University.
5
Department of Human and Community Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
6
Ciências Psicológicas, ISPA-Instituto Universitário.
7
Department of Neuroscience and Imaging, University "G. D'Annunzio" of Chieti.

Abstract

There is increasing evidence that attachment representations abstracted from childhood experiences with primary caregivers are organized as a cognitive script describing secure base use and support (i.e., the secure base script). To date, however, the latent structure of secure base script knowledge has gone unexamined-this despite that such basic information about the factor structure and distributional properties of these individual differences has important conceptual implications for our understanding of how representations of early experience are organized and generalized, as well as methodological significance in relation to maximizing statistical power and precision. In this study, we report factor and taxometric analyses that examined the latent structure of secure base script knowledge in 2 large samples. Results suggested that variation in secure base script knowledge-as measured by both the adolescent (N = 674) and adult (N = 714) versions of the Attachment Script Assessment-is generalized across relationships and continuously distributed.

PMID:
25775111
PMCID:
PMC4446137
DOI:
10.1037/dev0000012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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