Social value orientation and attachment: A replication and extension of Van Lange et al. (1997)

Hans Ijzerman*, Jaap J. A. Denissen

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We report a replication and extension of a finding from Studies 1 and 2 of Van Lange et al.' s influential paper (Van Lange et al. 1997 J. Pers. Soc. Psychol. 73, 733-746. (doi: 10.1037/0022-3514. 73.4.733)), which showed an association between Social Value Orientation (SVO) and attachment security. We report a close replication but with measures of attachment that are considered superior in comparison to measures used by Van Lange et al., due to subsequent psychometric improvements. Psychometric analyses indeed showed that our attachment measures were reliable and valid, demonstrating theoretically predicted associations with other outcomes. With a sample (N = 879) sufficiently large to detect d = 0.19 (and larger than the original N = 573), we failed to replicate the effect. Based on the available evidence, we interpret as there being no evidence for the link between attachment security and Social Value Orientation, but further replication research that uses solid measures and large samples can provide more definite conclusions about the association between attachment and SVO.

Original languageEnglish
Article number181575
Number of pages12
JournalRoyal Society Open Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • replication
  • Social Value Orientation
  • attachment security
  • reliability of measurements


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