School for Social Work
Family violence-Psychological aspects, Attachment behavior, Attachment behavior-Sex differences, Resiliance (Personality trait), Attachment, Domestic violence
The purpose of this study is to answer the overarching research question: What are the attachment styles of adults who witnessed domestic violence in childhood. A secondary area of interest was to determine gender differences in the attachment styles of adults who did witness domestic violence during childhood. The participants were asked to respond to an anonymous survey that contained demographic questions and thirty six items from the Adult Attachment Web Questionnaire in order to determine their adult attachment style. The participants were placed in subgroups based on whether or not they had witnessed domestic violence and results were further examined in relation to gender, age and race subgroups. The major findings showed that there was not a significant difference in the attachment styles of adults who witnessed domestic violence in comparison to adults who did not. The study did show a significant difference in the mean scores on the anxiety scale based on gender.
Poitras-Rhea, Khadija A., "Adult attachment styles relative to childhood exposure to domestic violence : gender differences" (2012). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.