The Adolescent-Parent Attachment Inventory (APAI; Moretti & Obsuth, 2009) is a 36-item measure of adolescent-parent attachment, originally developed for clinical and empirical purposes at the Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. The measure draws items from Brennan, Clark, and Shaver’s (1996, 1998) Experiences in Close Relationships (ECR) scale, which were adapted for use with adolescents and with reference to their relationships with their parents or primary caregivers. Each statement on a 7-point scale ranging from 1 ”Strongly Disagree” to 7 “Strongly Agree”.
Consistent with the ECR and other self-report measures of attachment, two super-ordinate factors tapping attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance have been confirmed (Steiger, 2003, 2008). The measure possesses strong psychometric properties; the factor structure and convergent validity of the APAI have been supported in previous research (Moretti & Obsuth, 2009; Moretti et al., 2015; Steiger, 2003, 2008; Steiger & Moretti, 2005; Steiger, Moretti, & Obsuth, 2009).
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APAI Parent Version
APAI Youth Version
APAI Scoring and Subscales
Moretti, M.M., Obsuth, I., Craig, S.G., & Bartolo, T. (2015). An attachment-based intervention for parents of adolescents at risk: Mechanisms of change. Attachment and Human Development, 18, 1-17 Click here
Moretti, M., & Obsuth, I. (2009). Effectiveness of an attachment-focused manualized intervention for parents of teens at risk for aggressive behaviour: The Connect Program. Journal of Adolescence, 32(6), 1347-1357. Click here
Steiger, A., Moretti, M. M., & Obsuth, I. (2009, March). An examination of complex interactions between parenting and attachment in the prediction of adolescent externalizing behavior. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.
Steiger, A. (2008). Parenting and Attachment: An Examination of Mediation and Moderation in the Prediction of Adolescent Psychopathology.(Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada Click here.
Steiger, A. R., & Moretti, M. M. (2005, June). Convergent and discriminant validity of the comprehensive adolescent-parent attachment inventory. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Montreal.
Steiger, A. (2003). Preliminary Validation of the Comprehensive adolescent-parent attachment inventory. (Unpublished master’s thesis). Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada Click here.