An Adult Attachment Theoretical Perspective of Gender Symmetry in Intimate Partner Violence

Gormley, Barbara
June 2005
Sex Roles;Jun2005, Vol. 52 Issue 11-12, p785
Academic Journal
Adult attachment theory and research specifically related to men’s and women’s intimate partner violence (IPV) are reviewed. In an effort to help explain gender similarities, two different IPV patterns predicted by individual differences in adult attachment orientations are proposed. Gender differences are addressed, including by critiquing the assessment of outcome severity in previous research. Applications to practice and recommendations for future research are discussed.


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