Attachment and coercive sexual behavior

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Title Attachment and coercive sexual behavior
Author Smallbone, Stephen Walkley; Dadds, Mark
Journal Name Sexual Abuse
Year Published 2000
Place of publication USA
Publisher Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers
Abstract This study examined the relationships between childhood attachment and coercive sexual behavior. One hundred sixty-two male undergraduate students completed self-report measures of childhood maternal attachment, childhood paternal attachment, adult attachment, antisociality, aggression, and coercive sexual behavior. As predicted, insecure childhood attachment, especially insecure paternal attachment, was associated with antisociality, aggression, and coercive sexual behavior. Moreover, childhood attachment independently predicted coercive sexual behavior after antisociality and aggression were statistically controlled. The hypothesis that paternal avoidant attachment would predict coercive sexual behavior independently of its relationship with aggression and antisociality was also supported. Posthoc analysis indicated that maternal anxious attachment was associated with antisociality and that paternal avoidant attachment was associated with both antisociality and coercive sexual behavior. These results are consistent with criminological and psychological research linking adverse early family experiences with offending and lend support to an attachment-theoretical framework for understanding offending behavior in general and sexual offending behavior in particular.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1009555619323
Volume 12
Page from 3
Page to 16
ISSN 1079-0632
Date Accessioned 2001-01-01
Date Available 2010-07-26T06:51:49Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Subject PRE2009-Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/3398
Publication Type Article in Scholarly Refereed Journal
Publication Type Code c1

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