Actor and partner effects of self-esteem on relationship satisfaction and the mediating role of secure attachment between the partners

Erol, Ruth Yasemin; Orth, Ulrich (2013). Actor and partner effects of self-esteem on relationship satisfaction and the mediating role of secure attachment between the partners. Journal of Research in Personality, 47(1), pp. 26-35. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jrp.2012.11.003

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We examined actor and partner effects of self-esteem on relationship satisfaction, using the actor-partner interdependence model and data from five independent samples of couples. The results indicated that self-esteem predicted the individual’s own relationship satisfaction (i.e., an actor effect) and the relationship satisfaction of his or her partner (i.e., a partner effect), controlling for the effect of the partner’s selfesteem. Gender, age, and length of relationship did not moderate the effect sizes. Moreover, using one of the samples, we tested whether secure attachment to the current partner (assessed as low attachment-related anxiety and avoidance) mediated the effects. The results showed that attachment-related anxiety and avoidance independently mediated both the actor and the partner effect of self-esteem on relationship satisfaction.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Erol, Ruth Yasemin and Orth, Ulrich

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

0092-6566

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Jeannine Sebel

Date Deposited:

19 Mar 2014 13:32

Last Modified:

20 Dec 2014 19:21

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.jrp.2012.11.003

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.43115

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/43115

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