This research was implemented through grants from the Solicitor General of Canada and Health and Welfare Canada.
Intimacy-Anger and Insecure Attachment as Precursors of Abuse in Intimate Relationships1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 24, Issue 15, pages 1367–1386, August 1994
How to Cite
Dutton, D. G., Saunders, K., Starzomski, A. and Bartholomew, K. (1994), Intimacy-Anger and Insecure Attachment as Precursors of Abuse in Intimate Relationships. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 24: 1367–1386. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1994.tb01554.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
One hundred and twenty men referred for treatment for wife assault and forty demographic controls completed self-report questionnaires assessing attachment patterns, anger, jealousy, Borderline Personality Organization, and trauma symptoms. This constellation, with the exception of attachment, has been found to represent a profile related significantly to the frequency of both verbal and physical abuse. In the present study, attachment was found to correlate significantly with these other measures. A measure of secure attachment correlated significantly, but negatively, with the constellation measures. A measure of fearful attachment correlated significantly and positively. A preoccupied attachment pattern correlated with the other measures less strongly than did the fearful measure. A dismissing measure was not correlated with any constellation measures. The role of attachment anger is discussed; it is suggested that fearful attachment could also be described as angry attachment. The concept of intimacy anger is introduced from early studies in attachment and applied to the explanation of assaultiveness in adult relationships.