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The collective influence of identity styles and romantic attachment insecurity on psychological dating aggression was examined for 1,975 adolescents living in a southern state of the United States. Informational identity style related negatively to psychological dating aggression, but anxious romantic attachment related positively to this behavior. Diffuse-avoidant identity style and using psychological dating aggression were associated positively, whereas normative identity style and receiving psychological dating aggression were associated negatively. Additionally, the combination of high informational or normative identity style with high avoidant romantic attachment was linked to lower psychological dating aggression. Our findings build on the previously noted parallelism between identity styles and romantic attachment insecurity by showing how they work together to explain variability in psychological dating aggression.
Hans Saint-Eloi Cadely, Jennifer L. Kerpelman & Joe F. Pittman (2018) Connections Among Identity, Attachment, and Psychological Dating Aggression During Adolescence, Identity, 18:1, 44-59, DOI: 10.1080/15283488.2017.1410158