Human life history theory describes how resources are allocated among conflicting life tasks, including trade-offs concerning reproduction. The current research investigates the unique importance of environmental unpredictability in childhood in association with romantic attachment, and explores whether objective or subjective measures of environmental risk are more informative for testing life history hypotheses.
We hypothesize that
- unpredictability in childhood will be associated with greater anxious attachment,
- anxious attachment will be associated with intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration, and
- anxious attachment will mediate the relationship between unpredictability in childhood and IPV perpetration.
The findings contribute to the literature addressing the association of environmental risk in childhood on adult romantic relationship outcomes.
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- 1Oakland University, Rochester, MI, USA firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2Oakland University, Rochester, MI, USA.
- J Interpers Violence. 2016 Mar 27. pii: 0886260516640548.
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