Attachment styles and contingencies of self-worth

Lora E. Park, Jennifer Crocker, Kristin Mickelson

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Abstract

Previous research on attachment theory has focused on mean differences in level of self-esteem among people with different attachment styles. The present study examines the associations between attachment styles and different bases of self-esteem, or contingencies of self-worth, among a sample of 795 college students. Results showed that attachment security was related to basing self-worth on family support. Both the preoccupied attachment style and fearful attachment style were related to basing self-worth on physical attractiveness. The dismissing attachment style was related to basing self-worth less on others' approval, family support, and God's love.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1243-1254
Number of pages12
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Volume30
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Attachment styles
  • Contingencies of self-worth
  • Self-esteem

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  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Psychology

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Attachment styles and contingencies of self-worth. / Park, Lora E.; Crocker, Jennifer; Mickelson, Kristin.

In: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Vol. 30, No. 10, 10.2004, p. 1243-1254.

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Park, Lora E. ; Crocker, Jennifer ; Mickelson, Kristin. / Attachment styles and contingencies of self-worth. In: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 2004 ; Vol. 30, No. 10. pp. 1243-1254.
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