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Title: Emotional Intelligence and Self-Esteem Mediate Between Perceived Early Parental Love and Adult Happiness
Contributor(s): Sillick, Tamra Jean (author); Schutte, Nicola  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2006
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Abstract: This research examined the extent to which perceived parental love is associated with happiness levels in adulthood and investigated whether emotional intelligence and self-esteem mediate this relationship. In a sample of 88 Australian adults, with a mean age of 41.55, SD = 12.78, perceived parental love predicted adult happiness. Emotional intelligence and self-esteem were related to both perceived parental love and happiness. The relationship between perceived parental love and happiness was mediated by emotional intelligence and self-esteem. When perceived maternal and paternal love were examined separately, maternal love was positively associated with adult happiness with mediation through higher emotional intelligence and self-esteem. While early paternal love had a direct association with adult happiness, there was no mediating effect of self-esteem or emotional intelligence. Also, only maternal love made a unique contribution to predicting adult happiness, suggesting that perceived love received from a mother during childhood may be particularly important to the development of happiness.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: E-Journal of Applied Psychology, 2(2), p. 38-48
Publisher: Swinburne University of Technology, Faculty of Life and Social Sciences
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1832-7931
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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