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Global Attachment: Relationship Scales Questionnaire (RSQ) « Social « Surveys/Scales « Downloads

Date postedFebruary 6, 2012
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Griffin and Bartholomew (1994a, 1994b) developed the 30-item RSQ to assess a variety of attachment styles that included Hazan and Shaver’s
(1987) secure, anxious, and avoidant styles; Collins and Read’s (1990) dependency, anxiety, and closeness styles; Simpson, Rholes, and Nelligan’s (1992) avoidance and anxiety styles; and their own secure, fearful, preoccupied, and dismissing styles. Items of the RSQ refer to only partners/relationships in general. Using data from heterosexual couples, Griffin and Bartholomew (1994a) reported Cronbach alphas (averaged over partners) of .50, .73, and .73 for Hazan and Shaver’s secure, anxious, and avoidant scales, respectively, and alphas ranging from .73 to .78 for Collins and Read’s dependency, anxiety, and closeness scales. Griffin and Bartholomew (1994b) note that, although a principal components analysis of data from college students supported the existence of Simpson et al.’s avoidance and anxiety scales, alphas (with an unspecified sample) for their own four scales ranged from only .41 for the secure scale to .70 for the dismissing scale.

The RSQ is a 30-item questionnaire requiring participants to rate, on a 7-point scale, the extent to which each statement describes their characteristic style in close relationships (1 = not at all like me, 7 = very much like me). Items are summed to create two subscales, corresponding to the dimensions of avoidance and anxiety.

Griffin, D., & Bartholomew, K.


Griffin, D., & Bartholomew, K. (1994). Models of the self and other: Fundamental dimensions underlying measures of adult attachment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 67, 430 – 445.

Griffin, D. W., & Bartholomew, K. (1994b). The metaphysics of measurement: The case of adult attachment. In K. Bartholomew & D. Perlman (Eds.), Advances in personal relationships, Vol. 5: Attachment processes in adulthood (pp. 17–52). London: Jessica Kingsley.

Internal consistencies of the two dimensions have been shown to range from .85 to .90 for both avoidance and anxiety, respectively.