This material is not a substitute for training in AAI administration procedure. It is provided because it is important for
consumers of AAI research to have easy access to the interview questions. Without them, it is difficult to evaluate published
research. Seeing the full interview protocol can also help consumers of AAI based research appreciate the level of inter-
view information and detail underlying AAI scores. It can also help them make important decisions about the adequacy of
procedures in various reports they may encounter.
The authors of the AAI make the scoring manual available only in conjunction with their training courses. Researchers
interested in understanding more about the logic of scoring the AAI can however see the scoring manual for Crowell &
Owens’ Current Relationship Interview (CRI) which is available in full on this site. The logic and procedures for scoring
the CRI closely parallel those for the AAI. The primary difference is that the AAI focuses on relationships to parents and
the CRI on relationships to adult attachment figures. At present this is the only detailed source of insights into the criteria
for scoring the AAI available to those who do not take the training course.
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ADULT ATTACHMENT INTERVIEW PROTOCOL
Mary B. Main
I’m going to be interviewing you about your childhood experiences, and how those experiences may have af-
fected your adult personality. So, I'd like to ask you about your early relationship with your family, and what
you think about the way it might have affected you. We'll focus mainly on your childhood, but later we'll get on
to your adolescence and then to what's going on right now. This interview often takes about an hour, but it
could be anywhere between 45 minutes and an hour and a half.
1. Could you start by helping me get oriented to your early family situation, and where you lived and so on?
If you could tell me where you were born, w