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NCJ Number: 169581 Find in a Library
Title: He Loves Me; He Loves Me Not: Attachment and Separation Resolution of Abused Women
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:12  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1997)  Pages:169-191
Author(s): A J Z Henderson; K Bartholomew; D G Dutton
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4, Canada
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The attachment patterns of 63 abused women were assessed shortly after they left their abusive relationships to determine the women's success at emotional separation from their abusive partners.
Abstract: The participants' perceptions, feelings, and behaviors regarding the separation were assessed 6 months later to determine an overall level of separation resolution. The participants completed questionnaires at both times and semistructured interviews at Time 1. Results revealed that, as expected, attachment patterns associated with a negative self model were overrepresented. Eighty-eight percent of the sample had a predominant pattern of fearful or preoccupied attachment. In addition, preoccupation was associated with shorter relationship lengths, more frequent previous separations form the abusive relationship, continuing emotional involvement with partners after separation, and more frequent sexual contact with partners. Findings suggest that preoccupation related to less successful separation resolution following abusive relationships. Tables and 67 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Abused women; Domestic relations; Marital problems; Psychological victimization effects; Victim attitudes
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