Adult attachment orientations and subjective well-being: Emotional intelligence and self-esteem as moderators

Xu Li1, Xue Zheng2
1Center for Studies of Psychological Application, School of Psychology, and Psychological Counseling Center, South China Normal University and Guangdong University of Petrochemical Technology, People’s Republic of China
2Center for Studies of Psychological Application, School of Psychology, South China Normal University, People’s Republic of China
Cite this article:  Li, X., & Zheng, X. (2014). Adult attachment orientations and subjective well-being: Emotional intelligence and self-esteem as moderators. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 42(8), 1257-1266.

Volume 42 Issue 8 | e4021 | Published: September 2014 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2014.42.8.1257

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We examined emotional intelligence (EI) and self-esteem as mediators of the relationship between adult attachment orientations and subjective well-being (SWB). A total of 585 undergraduates from 2 Chinese universities completed measures of the 4 variables. Bootstrap mediation analysis revealed that both EI and self-esteem acted as mediators of the relationship. In addition, a serial mediating role of EI via self-esteem was found. The findings are consistent with predictions derived from attachment theory, and expand on a growing body of research findings on the association between adult attachment orientations and SWB. Implications of the findings and limitations in the study are discussed.

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