Childhood sexual abuse, attachments in childhood and adulthood, and coercive sexual behaviors in community males: main effects and a moderating function for attachment.

Summary: Reports on research that examined the association between attachment in childhood, child sexual abuse (CSA) and later coercive sexual behaviours in adult males. Data was collected from 176 males in Toronto on their coercive sexual behaviours with women, an assessment of attachment relationships with parents, their attachment styles as adults and their experiences of CSA and other adverse childhood experiences (ACE). Finds that the interaction between CSA and parental avoidant attachment behaviour was significant.

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Authors: Calvin M. Langton, Zuwaina Murad and Bianca Humbert
Journal: Sexual abuse: a journal of research and treatment (Vol.29, No.3), April 2017, pp 207-238