Psychological abuse perpetration in college dating relationships: contributions of gender, stress, and adult attachment orientations

Barbara Gormley, Frederick G Lopez
Journal of Interpersonal Violence 2010, 25 (2): 204-18
This study investigated whether gender, stressful problems common among college students, and adult attachment orientations (anxiety and avoidance) contributed to self-reported perpetration of psychological abuse in dating relationships among 127 college students. College men's stress levels were the strongest predictor of perpetration of emotional abuse against their female romantic partners. Attachment avoidance among college men and women was associated with higher levels of emotional abuse perpetration when self-reported stress levels were high. Recommendations for research and practice are provided.

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