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dc.contributor.authorWeiss, Jonathan A.
dc.contributor.authorMacMullin, Jennifer
dc.contributor.authorWaechter, Randall
dc.contributor.authorWekerle, Christine
dc.contributor.authorThe MAP Research Team
dc.identifier.citationWeiss, J. A., MacMullin, J., Waechter, R., Wekerle, C., & The MAP Research Team. (2011). Child maltreatment, adolescent attachment style, and dating violence: Considerations in youths with borderline-to-mild intellectual disability. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 9(5), 555-576.
dc.descriptionDOI: 10.1007/s11469-011-9321-xen_US
dc.description.abstractOne of the most salient developmental tasks of adolescence is the entry into romantic relationship, which often involves developing attachments to partners. Adolescents with a history of maltreatment have been found to be at greater risk of insecure attachments to romantic partners than non-maltreated adolescents, and the interaction of maltreatment and insecure attachment style has been linked to dating violence. The current study examined attachment styles and dating violence in child welfare-involved adolescents with borderline-to-mild intellectual disability (n = 40) and with average IQ (n = 116). Despite reporting similar experiences of childhood maltreatment, IQ was found to interact with avoidant attachment style to predict the degree of dating violence victimization and perpetration experienced by youth. It is suggested that an avoidant attachment style is a risk factor for all maltreated youth, and holds a particularly strong effect on youth with lower IQ levels. These findings highlight the need for developmentally appropriate attachment and dating violence interventions for maltreated youth.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipCanadian Institutes of Health Research (Institute of Gender and Health), the Provincial Centre of Excellence in Child and Youth Mental Health at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Centre of Excellence in Child Welfare, and the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services
dc.rightsThis is an electronic version of an article published in International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, which is available online at:
dc.subjectIntellectual Disabilityen_US
dc.subjectDating Violenceen_US
dc.titleChild maltreatment, adolescent attachment style, and dating violence: Considerations in youths with borderline-to-mild intellectual disability

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