Scripted attachment representations of current romantic relationships: measurement and validation

Marissa D. Nivison, Katie M. DeWitt, Glenn I. Roisman, Theodore E.A. Waters

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This report describes the development and validation of a new coding system for the Current Relationship Interview (CRI) that assesses individual differences in secure base script knowledge with respect to adult romantic partners. Drawing on data from the Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Risk and Adaptation (N = 116) a coding system was developed to parallel the secure base script coding system for the Adult Attachment Interview. Specifically, CRIs conducted in adulthood were re-coded for the extent to which the interviews reflected script-like expectations that romantic partners are available and provide effective support in times of distress (CRIsbs). CRIsbs was moderately associated with the traditional coding system for the CRI and showed concurrent and/or predictive validity in relation to observed and self-reported romantic relationship quality as well as interview ratings of the effectiveness with which adults engaged in romantic relationships. Theoretical and practical benefits of the CRIsbs coding system are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)561-579
Number of pages19
JournalAttachment and Human Development
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2022


  • Secure base script knowledge
  • current relationships interview
  • longitudinal
  • romantic relationships
  • validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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