Early Exposure to Violence, Domestic Violence, Attachment Representations, and Marital Adjustment

Early Exposure to Violence, Domestic Violence, Attachment Representations, and Marital Adjustment

Early Exposure to Violence, Domestic Violence, Attachment Representations, and Marital Adjustment

Early Exposure to Violence, Domestic Violence, Attachment Representations, and Marital Adjustments

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Référence bibliographique [1329]

Godbout, Natacha, Dutton, Donald G., Lussier, Yvan et Sabourin, Stéphane. 2009. «Early Exposure to Violence, Domestic Violence, Attachment Representations, and Marital Adjustment ». Personal Relationships, vol. 16, no 3, p. 365-384.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
« The presence of physical and psychological violence in love relationships is inherently paradoxical. Attachment theory is a useful framework for gaining a better understanding of this association. Yet, no study has empirically tested an integrative model of the relation between early exposure to violence, adult intimate partner violence (IPV), and marital adjustment, using the attachment theory as a conceptual framework. Even if previous research has already tested some segments of this model, this study is an attempt to respond to this gap in the literature and to further our understanding of the association between exposure to violence in the family of origin, adult insecure attachment representations, IPV, and marital adjustment. » (p. 365)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
« Participants consisted of 315 men and 329 women [from the province of Quebec] in long-term romantic relationships, who were either married (n = 189) or cohabiting (n = 455). »

Instruments :
Questionnaire

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

3. Résumé

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« First, the present study furthers our understanding of the empirical relationship between early exposure to violence and subsequent abusive behaviors, a relationship that still remains underresearched. Second, this study contributes to current knowledge by empirically documenting the theoretical paths linking early exposure to violence and domestic violence in adulthood in a nonclinical sample of couples. Third, this study examines the extent to which early exposure to violence has direct effects on IPV and marital distress or, indirect effects that are partially or completely mediated by attachment insecurities. Clarifying these relationships will help establish comprehensive models of intervention based on the most relevant factors contributing to IPV. Finally, this study separately documents the levels of intimate violence in male and female partners and tests an integrative mediation model using the couple as the analytic unit. » (p. 369-370)