The first 18 items are from the Coping Strategies Questionnaire (Finnegan et al., 1996) that measures older children’s preoccupied and avoidant dimensions of insecurity in relation to a caregiver in middle childhood. These two sub-scales are interpreted as equivalent to ambivalent and avoidant attachment, respectively, in middle childhood (Yunger, Corby, & Perry, 2005). The original scale has 36 Harter-format self-report items with 18 measuring preoccupied or ambivalent attachment and 18 measuring avoidant attachment. A shorter 20-item version has been used in the literature (Kerns, Tomich, Aspelmeier, & Contreras, 2000; Yunger, Corby, & Perry, 2005). We used 18 items from the full measure, some of which were modified slightly to be culturally relevant.
The last 8 items are from the Security Scale (Kerns, Klepac, & Cole, 1996; Kerns, Tomich, Aspelmeier, & Contreras, 2000), which originally had 15 self-report items using Harter’s format to measure children’s perceptions of a particular attachment relationship during middle childhood. Shorter versions have been used in the literature (Kerns, Schlegelmich, Morgan, & Abraham, 2005; Yunger, Corby, & Perry, 2005). We used 8 items. Consistent with the literature that uses these two scales together, these 26 items measure the three attachment types – secure, ambivalent, and avoidant.
The three scales are formed as the following (*reverse code):
Avoidant: 2*,3, 4*,7,9*,10,12,13,14,16*
Felt Security: 19,20*,21,22*,23,24*,25,26*
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