relationship structures questionnaire
your name ________________________________ today’s date ___________
“The Relationship Structures Questionnaire (ECR-RS)” is a self-report instrument designed to assess attachment patterns in a variety of close relationships. The same 9 items are used to assess attachment styles with several different people‚ for example mother (or a mother-like figure)‚ father (or a father-like figure)‚ current (or a former) romantic partner‚ and best friend (or close friends more generally). With adaptations‚ the statements are also relevant to therapeutic relationships. The ECR-RS can also be used as a 9-item version of the 36-item “Experiences in Close Relationships Questionnaire – Revised (ECR-R)”.
The statements below are about how you feel in emotionally intimate relationships. You can use them to assess how you tend to feel in close relationships generally‚ or to focus on a particular relationship or type of relationship. Using the 1 to 7 scale below‚ after each statement write a number to indicate how much you agree or disagree with the statement when applied to the relationship(s) you are looking at.
In the questionnaire‚ “m” is for mother‚ “fa” for father‚ “p” for partner‚ “fr” for friend‚ and “th” for therapist
It helps to turn to this person in times of need (R)
I usually discuss my problems and concerns with this person (R)
I talk things over with this person (R)
I find it easy to depend on this person (R)
I don't feel comfortable opening up to this person
I prefer not to show this person how I feel deep down.
I often worry that this person doesn't really care for me
I'm afraid that this person may abandon me
I worry that this person won't care about me as much as I care about him or her
average avoidance:items 1 to 6‚ with 1 to 4 reverse scored
average anxiety: items 7 to 9
When reverse scoring items 1 to 4‚ take the score you have written and subtract it from 8.
You can now transfer these scores to the companion “ECR-R/RS Dimensions Diagram” (over the page) to assess whether the current picture is one of security‚ preoccupation‚ dismissal‚ or fearful-avoidance.
Fraley‚ R.‚ Heffernan‚ M.‚ et al (2011). The Experiences in Close Relationships-Relationship Structures questionnaire: A method for assessing attachment orientations across relationships. Psychological Assessment‚ 23‚ 615-625.
The full text of the above paper‚ details of this “ECR-RS” questionnaire and a wealth of other helpful resources are freely downloadable from Prof Chris Fraley’s website at http://internal.psychology.illinois.edu/charrcfraley/index.htm
Now the ECR-RSWord version of the ECR-RS and here a PDF version. I have also put together a score chart downloadable as a Powerpoint slide or as a PDF diagram. having the questionnaire on one side of A4 is useful‚ but sacrifices space that could have been used to explain the scale a bit more fully. Downloading a copy of this blog post could help as an additional handout. questionnaire does look very interesting. It is only 9-item so it makes assessment of attachment style across a series of relationships much more feasible. Here is a downloadable
Note you can download a Word version or a PDF version of the ECR-RS. There is also a scoring chart downloadable as a Powerpoint slide or as a PDF diagram. This blog post is downloadable too as an additional background handout in a Word version or a PDF version