Early childhood antecedents of dehumanization perpetration in adult romantic relationships

Pizzirani, Bengianni, Karantzas, Gery C., Roisman, Glenn I. and Simpson, Jeffry A. 2020, Early childhood antecedents of dehumanization perpetration in adult romantic relationships, Social psychological and personality science, pp. 1-9, doi: 10.1177/1948550620974892.

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Title Early childhood antecedents of dehumanization perpetration in adult romantic relationships
Author(s) Pizzirani, Bengianni
Karantzas, Gery C.ORCID iD for Karantzas, Gery C. orcid.org/0000-0002-1503-2991
Roisman, Glenn I.
Simpson, Jeffry A.
Journal name Social psychological and personality science
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2020
ISSN 1948-5506
Keyword(s) dehumanization
social learning theory
romantic relationships
maternal care
Summary Data from the Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Risk and Adaptation (MLSRA) were utilized to provide the first investigation into the early childhood antecedents of dehumanization (i.e., treating another as less than human) in adult romantic relationships. Drawing on a sample of 109 MLSRA participants, multiple assessments of maternal care and empathy were collected during infancy and early childhood. In adulthood, MLSRA participants and their romantic partners engaged in video recorded conflict discussions in which dehumanization perpetration was coded. Maternal hostility was a significant and unique predictor of dehumanization perpetration. This longitudinal association remained even when controlling for the partner’s displays of dehumanization and several demographic covariates. This study provides the first evidence of early childhood antecedents of dehumanization and highlights how experiences during the first few years of life can have enduring downstream consequences for people’s romantic relationships 20–30 years later.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1948550620974892
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Field of Research 1701 Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30146699

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