The purpose of this study was to examine self-esteem as a moderator of attachment styles and the number of sexual partners an individual has had in their lifetime. Previous literature has found that an individual’s level of self-esteem affects a person’s number of sexual partners (e.g., those with low self-esteem tend to have more sexual partners). Studies have also been conducted examining the correlation between attachment styles and number of sexual partners, finding that those with an insecure attachment style, namely anxious or avoidant attachment, tend to have more sexual partners. While previous literature has examined these factors separately, this study aims to examine self-esteem as a moderator of attachment style on the number of sexual partners an individual has. In doing so, we aim to determine if self-esteem may predict when attachment styles influence decisions regarding sexual partners.
Dr. Whitney Whitaker
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"Examining Self-Esteem as a Moderator of Attachment Styles and Sexual Partners,"
SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days: Vol. 2023, Article 86.
Available at: https://scholars.fhsu.edu/sacad/vol2023/iss2023/86