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Romantic Attachment, Conflict Resolution Styles, and Teen Dating Violence Victimization

Bonache H, Gonzalez-Mendez R, Krahé B ...see all

Journal of Youth and Adolescence, vol. 46, issue 9 (2017) pp. 1905-1917 Published by Springer New York LLC

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Abstract

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.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Attachment style
  • Conflict resolution
  • Teen dating violence
  • Victimization

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