Secure people understand relationships better; they know what ingredients go into a well-functioning relationship and are adept at providing and receiving interpersonal support.
It measures adult attachment styles named "Secure", "Anxious" and "Avoidant", defined as: • Secure = high scores on Close and Depend subscales, low score on Anxiety subscale • Anxious = high score on Anxiety subscale, moderate scores on Close and Depend subscales • Avoidant = low scores on Close, Depend, and Anxiety subscales The 18 items that compromise the measure are as follows: Note: (S)= Secure, (Av)= Avoidant, (Ax)= Anxious/Ambivalent Authors Nancy L. Read Reliability and Validity Collins & Read (1990) reported Cronbach's alpha coefficients of .69 for Close, .75 for Depend, and .72 for Anxiety.
Specifying the Neurobiological Basis of Human Attachment: Brain, Hormones, and Behavior in Synchronous and Intrusive Mothers.
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Research has indicated two dimensions of attachment, Avoidance and Anxiety.
We show that Avoidance is better conceptualized as Nurturance/Love within an evolved systems perspective on personality, and that the Anxiety dimension in infancy measures trust in the face of threat based on experience. (2016) Love, Trust, and Evolution: Nurturance/Love and Trust as Two Independent Attachment Systems Underlying Intimate Relationships.
The current study tested if more thoughtful and clear relationship decision-making processes would relate to individuals’ levels of satisfaction with and dedication to their partners as well as their extra-dyadic involvements.