Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The relationship between experienced maternal abuse and the development of an insecure attachment style was examined. Data was collected via selfreport questionnaires in a large, urban college campus. The questionnaires used were the Revised Conflict Tactics Scales (CTS-2, Straus, Hamby, Boney-McCoy, & Sugarman, 1996) and Attachment Questionnaire (AQ, Bartholomew & Horowitz, 1991). The sample included 81 females and 86 males, ranging in age from 18-57 years old. No significant correlation was found between the experience of maternal abuse and the development of a fearful attachment style. The results did support a significant correlation between maternal abuse and the development of an insecure-dismissive attachment style. Future research is needed with more diverse samples that consist of more variability in abuse.
BF1 .M63 v. 12 no. 2 2007
Oliva, Joseph; Velayo, Richard; and Erwin, Katherine
"The effects of experienced childhood maternal abuse on adult attachment styles,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 12
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol12/iss2/4