Journal of Youth and Adolescence, vol. 46, issue 9 (2017) pp. 1905-1917 Published by Springer New York LLC
Although research on dating violence has increased in the last decades, little is known about the role of romantic attachment and conflict resolution in under-standing victimization by an intimate partner among ado-lescents. This study examined the relationships between insecure attachment styles, destructive conflict resolution strategies, self-reported and perceived in the partner, and psychological and physical victimization by a dating partner in 1298 adolescents (49% girls). Anxious attachment was related to both forms of victimization via self-reported conflict engagement and conflict engagement attributed to the partner among boys and girls. Moreover, both insecure attachment styles were also indirectly linked to victimiza-tion via self-reported withdrawal and conflict engagement perceived in the partner, but only among boys. The impli-cations of the findings for promoting constructive commu-nication patterns among adolescents for handling their relationship conflicts are discussed.
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