Attachment models of the self and others: relations with self-esteem, humanity-esteem, and parental treatment

Michelle A. Luke, Gregory R. Maio, Katherine B. Carnelley

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Abstract

The present research tested the extent to which perceptions of early childhood experiences with parents predicted general views of the self (i.e., self-esteem) and others (i.e., humanity-esteem), and whether attachment self- andother-models mediated these links. Two studies used a new measure of humanity-esteem (Luke & Maio, 2004) to achieve these ends. As expected, indices that tapped a positive model of the self in relationships were associated with highself-esteem and indices that tapped a positive model of others in relationships were associated with high humanity-esteem. Also, early attachment experiences with fathers and mothers predicted self-esteem and humanity-esteem, respectively, and these direct relations were mediated by the attachment models. The studies,therefore,provide direct evidence that attachment measures predict general favorability toward the self and others,while revealing novel differences in the roles of childhood experiences with fathers and mothers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-303
Number of pages23
JournalPersonal Relationships
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2004

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