THE ABUSIVE PERSONALITY IN WOMEN IN DATING RELATIONSHIPS by ROBERT JOHN WILSON CLIFT B. A., University of British Columbia, 2001 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY in THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES (Psychology) THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA (Vancouver) November 2008 © Robert John Wilson Clift, 2008 ii ABSTRACT There is ample evidence to suggest that, in the context of dating relationships, female-perpetrated intimate abuse is as common as male-perpetrated intimate abuse (e.g., Archer, 2000).

Additionally, anger itself had a strong relationship with women’s self-reported perpetration of intimate psychological and physical abuse.

Contrary to the proposed model, fearful attachment had a non-significant relationship with anger – when this relationship was examined using structural equation modeling.

Most studies were conducted in western countries, and the generalizability of these results to other countries is relatively unknown (Chan et al., 1988, 2002).

As many of the Pacific Rim countries with a high concentration of Chinese residents (e.g., Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore) have become more affluent through industrialization during the past three decades, the governments of these countries have begun to set policy objectives to improve and expand rehabilitation services.

Based on findings from the current study, fearful attachment has a weaker relationship with college women’s perpetration of intimate abuse than it does with clinical samples’ perpetration of intimate abuse.

Following a discussion of the results, limitations of the study are discussed in conjunction with possible future directions for this line of research.

By assessing these attitudes, researchers can determine how negative attitudes are toward dating and marriage, and assess ways to modify these attitudes.

The majority of research on attitudes toward disability has a focus on: (a) psychometric assessment of attitudes toward persons with disabilities; (b) personal and demographic correlates of attitudes toward persons with disabilities; and (c) strategies for changing attitudes toward people with disabilities (Grand, Bernier, & Strohmer, 1982; Moore & Feist-Price, 1999).

Despite awareness of this fact, female-perpetrated intimate abuse remains an understudied area.