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(2011). Research digest. J. Child Psychother., 37(1):87-94.

(2011). Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 37(1):87-94

Research digest

Research digest

Development and properties of the Adolescent Friendship Attachment Scale

Ross B. Wilkinson

Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Springer, 2008, Volume 37 (10): 1270–9

Two studies are reported presenting the development of the Adolescent Friendship Attachment Scale (AFAS), a 30 item self-report measure of adolescent close friendship conceptualized as an attachment relationship. Study One reports the results of exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses with a sample of 490 adolescents aged 13 to 19 years. A second-order factor model was supported with a single friendship attachment factor underlying three first order factors (Secure, Anxious/Ambivalent, Avoidant) similar to those reported in the broader attachment literature. The AFAS subscales were found to be appropriately reliable and demonstrated appropriate convergent and discriminant validity when compared to measures of attachment styles (the Relationship Questionnaire) and parental and peer group attachment (the Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment). Study Two reports a successful replication of the factor structure with an independent sample of 787 adolescents. Further research evaluating the predictive utility of the AFAS is recommended.

Does identity precede intimacy? Testing Erikson's theory on romantic development in emerging adults of the 21st century

Wim Beyers & Inge Seiffge-Krenke

Journal of Adolescent Research, Sage, 2010, Volume 25 (3): 387–415

Erikson stated that healthy identity development during adolescence is a precursor of intimacy in romantic relationships during emerging adulthood.

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