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Attachment Insecurity Screening Inventory (AISI) 6-12 Years: 20-Item Parental Report (appears in: Internal Structure and Reliability of the Attachment Insecurity Screening Inventory (AISI) for Children Age 6 to 12). Copyright: Creative Commons License.

Reference Type

Journal Article

Authors, Section

Spruit, A.; Wissink, I.; Noom, M. J.; Colonnesi, C.; Polderman, N.; Willems, L.; Barning, C.; Stams, G. J. J. M.

Title, Section

Attachment Insecurity Screening Inventory (AISI) 6-12 Years: 20-Item Parental Report (appears in: Internal Structure and Reliability of the Attachment Insecurity Screening Inventory (AISI) for Children Age 6 to 12). Copyright: Creative Commons License.

Publication Year

2018

Journal Title

BMC Psychiatry

Volume

18

Issue

1

Pages

30

Availability

online

PMID

PMID: 29402240

DOI

10.1186/s12888-018-1608-z

Abstract

Full text in Additional File 1: Supplementary File AISI 6-12. BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study was to examine the internal structure and reliability of the Attachment Insecurity Screening Inventory (AISI) 6-12. The AISI 6-12 years is a parent-report questionnaire for assessing the parents' perspective on the quality of the attachment relationship with their child aged between 6 and 12 years. METHODS: The sample consisted of 681 mothers and fathers reporting on 372 children (72.3% adoption parents, 14.9% non-biological primary care takers including foster parents, and 12.8% biological parents). The internal structure was assessed with multilevel confirmatory factor analyses (CFA) and the reliability of the scores with Cronbach's and ordinal alphas. RESULTS: Multilevel CFA confirmed a three-factor model of avoidant, ambivalent/resistant and disorganized attachment. Multi-group CFA indicated full configural and metric measurement invariance, and partial scalar and strict measurement invariance across mothers and fathers. Reliability coefficients were found to be sufficient. CONCLUSIONS: This study showed the potential of using parental reports in the initial screening of attachment related problems, especially considering the practical approach of parental reports. However, further development of the AISI 6-12 years seems important to increase the validity of the AISI 6-12 years. In addition, future studies are necessary to replicate the current findings, and to strengthen the evidence that the AISI 6-12 years is appropriate for the use in middle childhood and validly assesses the parents' perspective on attachment insecurities in their child.

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