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Table 3 Means and SDs of Fathers (n = 320) and Mothers (n = 361) on the items of the AISI 6–12 years

From: Internal structure and reliability of the Attachment Insecurity Screening Inventory (AISI) for children age 6 to 12

  Fathers Mothers  
M SD M SD Paired ta
Disorganized (Type D)
1. Does your child try to force you to do what he/she wants? 2.41 1.08 2.66 1.23 2.894**
7. Does your child argue with you if things do not turn out the way he/she expects? 3.31 1.38 3.47 1.40 1.159
12. Is your child excessively determined to decide everything for him/herself? 3.20 1.45 3.40 1.51 1.398
18. Does your child become angry with you quickly? 2.54 1.10 2.96 1.30 5.489***
Ambivalent (Type C)
6. Does your child always stay close to you? 2.57 1.10 2.73 1.23 1.966
10. Is your child over-concerned when you are upset or unwell? 2.62 1.37 2.68 1.43 0.463
16. Does your child keep a close eye on you while you do things in and around the house? 2.30 1.10 2.71 1.30 4.140***
20. Does your child need you to reassure him/her that he/she is doing something right? 3.18 1.27 3.48 1.38 3.608***
Avoidant (Type A)
8. Does your child let you comfort him/her if he/she is in pain, frightened or upset (R)? 4.53 1.43 4.49 1.49 0.765
9. Does your child ask for help with problems (R)? 3.25 1.23 3.30 1.34 0.677
11. Does your child make good contact with you after you have been away for a short period of time (R)? 4.74 1.30 4.70 1.40 0.557
14. Is your child able to enjo) y contact with you (R)? 4.37 1.19 4.53 1.25 2.701**
  1. Note. aN = 309. *p < .05; **p < .01; ***p < .001