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Experiences of childhood physical and sexual abuse among men have not been sufficiently studied because many men are not forthcoming about experiences of abuse. This abuse is linked to aggressive behaviors, difficulty developing and maintaining close relationships, and various psychological disorders. Current research has not fully examined relationships between childhood abuse, adult attachment, and levels of relationship satisfaction among men. The purpose of this nonexperimental quantitative study was to evaluate the relationship between adult attachment as measured by the Relationship Scales Questionnaire and relationship satisfaction as measured by the Couples Satisfaction Index among men abused during childhood. Bowlby's theory of attachment served as the theoretical foundation for this study, contending that an individual's ability to connect with and seek safety in others influences relationships later in life. Participants (n = 79) were recruited from MaleSurvivor Organization, which serves victims of abuse. Multiple regression and correlation analysis were used to measure adult attachment, childhood abuse severity, and relationship satisfaction. Results showed no significant relationship between abuse severity and adult attachment, no significant differences in relationship satisfaction based on attachment style, and no moderation between abuse severity and adult attachment and relationship satisfaction. Social change implications highlight the importance of providing appropriate treatment and prevention measures, which allow for awareness of abuse histories and its contributions to attachment behaviors and overall satisfaction in relationships.