Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Early Maladaptive Attachment Styles and Psychological Aggression in Romantic Relationships: A Content Analysis, 2006-2016
by Kirk, Candice, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 58; 10262763
Abstract (Summary)

Psychological aggression often goes unseen and under-reported, yet is often the beginning of a severe cycle of abuse. The purpose of this research was to examine literature from 2006 to 2016 to understand how researchers and scholars have linked early maladaptive attachment styles to the experience of psychological aggression in adult romantic relationships. A content analysis was conducted using 23 articles.

The research was evaluated based upon the following areas: early maladaptive attachment styles and psychological aggression in romantic relationships, static risk factors, malleable risk factors, protective factors, theory, prevention, and intervention.

Exploring the linkage between insecure attachments and IPV in regards to marginalized and at-risk populations may help to create dignity and social justice for individuals who are disproportionately affected by factors associated with psychological aggression and other forms of Intimate Partner Violence.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brocato, Jo
Commitee: Potts, Marilyn, Wilson, Steve
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Keywords: Attachment styles, Emotional abuse, Intimate partner violence, Psychological aggression, Romantic relationships
Publication Number: 10262763
ISBN: 978-1-369-80502-4
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