Effect of child sexual abuse (csa) on attachment styles in future relationships
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Keywords

Sexually Abused, Close Relationships, Anxiety, Avoidance, Attachment

Abstract

The present study was designed to investigate the effect of Sexual Abuse on Attachment Styles in future relationships of women. It was hypothesized that: (i) “Sexually abused women will have more attachment related anxiety as compared to the non- abused women.” (ii) “Sexually abused women will have more attachment related avoidance as compared to the non- abused women.” An adaption of the Experiences in Close Relationships-Revised (ECR-R: Fraley, Waller & Brennan, 2000) was administered on a sample of 100 young women (50 abused women and 50 non- abused women), with ages ranging from 16-21 years, to measure attachment related anxiety and attachment related avoidance. The unrelated t-test was applied for the analyses. The results indicated a significant difference (t (98) = 9.917, p<.01, d=1.983) on the attachment related anxiety between the two groups, but no significant difference was found (t (98) =1.366, p>.05, d=0.273) on the attachment related avoidance.

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