Attachment to Parents—Seattle Social Development Project

1. Do you feel very close to your mother?
2. Do you share your thoughts and feelingswith your mother?
3. Do you feel very close to your father?
4. Do you share your thoughts and feelings with your father?
  • family relationship
This instrument can be found on pages 296-297 of Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes‚ Behaviors‚ and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at:
Items 1-4 are scored as follows:
YES! = 4
yes = 3
no = 2
NO! = 1
Point values for all items are added. Higher scores indicate higher levels of parental attachment.

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