In 2 studies, we investigated the validity and usefulness of a bull's eye hierarchical mapping measure to examine the content and structure of attachment networks. The bull's eye identified network differences between people of different attachment styles and between different ages. Attachment networks varied in the number of members and their hierarchical organization as a function of attachment style. Secure individuals included a higher number of secure relationships in their networks and placed them closer to the core self than their insecure relationships, as well as closer than did dismissing-avoidant individuals. The bull's eye also allowed for the observation of meaningful interrelations between network members. Study 2 utilized a cross-sectional design by which we observed network fluidity from mid- to late-adolescence in addition to attachment style differences. One important finding was that late-adolescents placed their friends closer to the core self than did midadolescents, reflecting increased use of peers as close attachment figures.
|Translated title of the contribution||Preliminary support for the use of a hierarchical mapping technique to examine attachment networks|
|Pages (from-to)||499 - 519|
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2005|