The Network of Relationships Behavioral Systems Version
Author of Tool:
Furman, W., & Buhrmester, D.
Furman, W. & Buhrmester, D. (2009). The Network of Relationships Inventory: Behavioral Systems Version. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 33, 470-478.
Primary use / Purpose:
The NRI-SPV (Furman & Buhrmester, 2009) is a 24-item survey that has eight 3-item scales. It assesses 5 support features, and 3 negative interaction features.
The NRI- Behavioral Systems Version (NRI-BSV)— is based on Furman and Wehner’s (1994) behavioral systems conceptualization of romantic and other close relationships. Based on an integration of attachment theory (Ainsworth, 1989; Shaver & Hazan, 1988) and Sullivanian theory (Sullivan, 1953), they hypothesized that the attachment, caregiving, affiliative, and sexual/reproductive behavioral systems become central in romantic relationships; the first three systems were expected to be key in other close types of relationships, although the degree to which a particular system is activated in a relationship varies by the type of relationship. The NRI-BSV was designed to assess the extent to which adolescents’ dyadic relationships with romantic partners, friends, and parents are each characterized by behaviors commonly associated with the activation of the first three behavioral systems. This version of the NRI is especially useful for researchers interested in examining attachment, caregiving, and affiliative processes.
The research literature contains two papers that explicitly address the validity and reliability of selected scales: (Furman, W.  The measurement of children and adolescents’ perceptions of friendships: Conceptual and methodological issues. In W. M. Bukowski, A. F. Newcomb, & W. W. Hartup (Eds.), The company they keep: Friendships in childhood and adolescence (pp. 41-65), Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press; and Furman, W. & Buhrmester, D. (2009) The Network of Relationships Inventory: Behavioral Systems Version, International Journal of Behavioral Development, 33, 470-478.
For more information about the instrument please see the scales and scales’ manuals in the attachment below.