Title

Attachment and Relational Aggression: Power as a Mediating Variable

Keywords

romantic attachment, relationship power

Abstract

Evidence illustrates that insecure romantic attachment predicts higher levels of relational aggression. However, no research has attempted to explain that relationship with mediating variables, such as relationship power, which is associated with attachment and partner violence. Data for this study included 457 couples from Wave 2 of the Flourishing Families Study. Actor Partner Interdependence results indicated that insecure attachment was significantly predictive of relational aggression actor effects. There was also a significant partner effect between male insecure attachment and female relational aggression, and power was a significant mediator between attachment and relational aggression for males and females.

Original Publication Citation

Oka, M., *Brown, C. C., & Miller, R. B. (2016). Attachment and relational aggression: Power as a mediating variable. American Journal of Family Therapy, 44, 24-35.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2015-11-18

Publisher

The American Journal of Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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