What are the Differences Between Dimensional and Categorical Models of Individual Differences in Attachment? Reply to Cassidy (2003), Cummings (2003), Sroufe (2003), and Waters and Beauchaine (2003)

Robert Christopher Fraley, Susan J. Spieker

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Abstract

The authors address commentaries by J. Cassidy (2003), E. M. Cummings (2003), L. A. Sroufe (2003), and E. Waters and T. P. Beauchaine (2003) on their taxometric analysis of Strange Situation behavior (R. C. Fraley & S. J. Spieker, 2003) by discussing four questions: Has the categorical model of attachment facilitated theoretical and empirical innovations in the field? How does a continuum of security fit into the two-dimensional model? What is the role of types and dimensions in understanding the function and organization of behavior? and Is dimensionality a null hypothesis in taxometric research?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-429
Number of pages7
JournalDevelopmental Psychology
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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