Department of Psychology, Gender Studies Minor
This study examined the relationship between intimate partner violence and adult attachment in a sample of 35 community couples. Both partners’ attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance were examined simultaneously as predictors of male-perpetrated verbal and physical intimate partner violence. Results from hierarchical regression analyses indicated high levels of female attachment anxiety predicted high levels of male-perpetrated verbal and physical violence. In contrast, male attachment was not predictive of male-perpetrated violence. These findings suggest for females, fear of abandonment and rejection may be a risk factor for becoming a victim of violence. Alternatively, exposure to violence may contribute to the development of attachment anxiety in females. Clinical implications include providing cognitive interventions to address female attachment anxiety.
Pearson, Christine L.
"Adult Attachment as a Risk Factor for Intimate Partner Violence,"
McNair Scholars Research Journal:
1, Article 8.
Available at: http://scholarworks.boisestate.edu/mcnair_journal/vol2/iss1/8