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The influence of attachment styles on the acceptability of psychological abuse

Kuik, T. (2023) The influence of attachment styles on the acceptability of psychological abuse.

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Abstract:This research provides insight into how attachment styles influence the acceptability of psychological abuse. The main hypothesis is that people accept psychological abuse more when it fits their attachment style, while considering both the role as performer as well as receiver of psychological abuse. Eight scenarios were made which consisted of psychological abusive behaviour which are associated with specific types of attachment of which participants had to rate the acceptability, to test whether it is true that specific forms of abuse are considered more or less acceptable based on attachment style. Acceptability was the dependent variable, attachment styles the predictor variable, experienced abuse in the past the covariate and attitude towards violence the alternative dependent variable. The questionnaire included an attachment style, experienced abuse and attitude towards violence questionnaire and scenarios. Results show that roles do not matter in case of acceptability of the behaviour. If people experienced abuse in their past, they are more likely to have an insecure attachment style. The insecure attachment styles positively increase together. The acceptability of the individual scenarios did not differ depending on attachment style of the participants. Behaviours were considered abusive regardless of attachment style. Only experienced abuse influenced the acceptability of psychological abuse.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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