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Violence Against Women. 2016 May;22(6):745-64. doi: 10.1177/1077801215610863. Epub 2015 Oct 27.

The Moderating Role of Attachment on the Relationship Between History of Trauma and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization.

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1
Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA LSmithPhD@gmail.com.
2
Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA University of South Florida, Tampa, USA.

Abstract

Exposure to trauma is a well-established predictor of intimate partner violence (IPV), although this relationship is not causal. The current study hypothesized that attachment-based anxiety moderated the relationship between trauma history and IPV revictimization in a sample of women who had reported IPV victimization 1 year earlier. Results confirmed the following hypotheses: When attachment-based anxiety was high, trauma history was positively associated with IPV victimization and use of violence. When attachment-based anxiety was low, trauma history was no longer positively associated with IPV victimization or use of violence. Secure attachments may protect female victims of IPV from the impact of trauma.

KEYWORDS:

IPV; attachment; trauma

PMID:
26508529
DOI:
10.1177/1077801215610863
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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