Partner violence in women - Associations with childhood maltreatment, attachment style and Major Depression

Author/s Antonia Bifulco, Rachele Damiani, Catherine Jacobs, Amanda Bunn, Ruth Spence
Publishing Year 2019 Issue 2019/2
Language English Pages 16 P. 13-28 File size 222 KB
DOI 10.3280/MAL2019-002002
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This study investigated trauma in the form of lifetime experience of partner violence (PV) and childhood maltreatment in relation to major depression in an adult sample of women. PV was more common among those from lower income households, single mothers and those sepa-rated from a partner. Dose-response effects were found for multiples of childhood trauma and adversity, adult adversity and the presence of PV. There was also a relationship between PV and anxious attachment style and recurrent major depression. Regression models showed that multiple childhood adversity, multiple adult adversity and anxious attachment style pre-dicted recurrent depression, PV did not add to the model. Understanding PV in terms of adult attachment style as well as multiple adversity could benefit the focus of therapeutic and social interventions.

Keywords: Insecure attachment style; childhood neglect/abuse; adult adversity; mental health; dose-response; interviews.

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Antonia Bifulco, Rachele Damiani, Catherine Jacobs, Amanda Bunn, Ruth Spence, Partner violence in women - Associations with childhood maltreatment, attachment style and Major Depression in "MALTRATTAMENTO E ABUSO ALL’INFANZIA" 2/2019, pp 13-28, DOI: 10.3280/MAL2019-002002