Attachment styles and contingencies of self-worth

Lora E. Park, Jennifer Crocker, Kristin D. Mickelson

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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
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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