Presentation Title

The Phenomenon of Love Addiction

Document Type

Poster Presentation

Keywords

love, addiction, behavior

Biography

Olivia Boso was born in Charleston, West Virginia and was raised in the town of Ravenswood, West Virginia where she also attended high school. Olivia is the youngest of five siblings, her oldest sibling is 15 years older than her, and her youngest sibling is 12 years older than her. She was raised by her mother and her maternal grandmother until she was 18. She moved out of their home in fall of 2013 and started school in Huntington, West Virginia at Marshall University.

Major

Psychology

Advisor for this project

Marc Lindberg

Start Date

20-4-2017 10:00 AM

End Date

20-4-2017 11:00 AM

Abstract

Purpose: a new questionnaire said to measure partner addiction was offered and tested. Methods: Participants included 491 undergraduate students. In addition to completing the two new partner addiction scales, they completed several questionnaires serving as independent variables including the Attachment and Clinical Issues Questionnaire (ACIQ), the CAGE, a scale for alcohol abuse, the DCAGE measure of drug abuse, two tests for Borderline Personality Disorder, a measurement of Partner Abuse and finally the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) questionnaire. Results. Significant correlations were found between Partner Addiction scales and measures of mixed attachment in the ACIQ as well as measurements of psychological, physical, and sexual abuse while growing up by the ACE. Significant correlations were also found between the scale of partner addiction and measures of partner abuse, the borderline scales, and a multitude of clinical issues such as anger, anxiety, need for control, and denial of feelings, jealousy, rumination, perfectionism, shame and mistrust. Discussion. Results such as these provide evidence that the scale of Partner Addictions has good predictive, or concurrent validity to scales theorized to be affected by the phenomenon of partner abuse.

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The Phenomenon of Love Addiction

Purpose: a new questionnaire said to measure partner addiction was offered and tested. Methods: Participants included 491 undergraduate students. In addition to completing the two new partner addiction scales, they completed several questionnaires serving as independent variables including the Attachment and Clinical Issues Questionnaire (ACIQ), the CAGE, a scale for alcohol abuse, the DCAGE measure of drug abuse, two tests for Borderline Personality Disorder, a measurement of Partner Abuse and finally the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) questionnaire. Results. Significant correlations were found between Partner Addiction scales and measures of mixed attachment in the ACIQ as well as measurements of psychological, physical, and sexual abuse while growing up by the ACE. Significant correlations were also found between the scale of partner addiction and measures of partner abuse, the borderline scales, and a multitude of clinical issues such as anger, anxiety, need for control, and denial of feelings, jealousy, rumination, perfectionism, shame and mistrust. Discussion. Results such as these provide evidence that the scale of Partner Addictions has good predictive, or concurrent validity to scales theorized to be affected by the phenomenon of partner abuse.