A Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count Analysis of the Adult Attachment Interview in Two Large Corpora.
- Theodore E A Waters,
- Ryan D Steele,
- Glenn I Roisman,
- Katherine C Haydon,
- Cathryn Booth-LaForce
Can J Behav Sci 2016 Jan;48(1):78-88
University of Washington.
An emerging literature suggests that variation in Adult Attachment Interview (AAI; George, Kaplan, & Main, 1985) states of mind about childhood experiences with primary caregivers is reflected in specific linguistic features captured by the Linguistic Inquiry Word Count automated text analysis program (LIWC; Pennebaker, Booth, & Francis, 2007). The current report addressed limitations of prior studies in this literature by using two large AAI corpora (Ns = 826 and 857) and a broader range of linguistic variables, as well as examining associations of LIWC-derived AAI dimensions with key developmental antecedents. First, regression analyses revealed that dismissing states of mind were associated with transcripts that were more truncated and deemphasized discussion of the attachment relationship whereas preoccupied states of mind were associated with longer, more conflicted, and angry narratives. Read More