Publications (English)


1. Mayseless, O. (Forthcoming).  'The Caring Motivation: An Integrated Theory.' Oxford University Press

2. Mayseless, O. (2006). (Ed.) Parenting representations: Theory, research, and clinical implications.  New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

3. Scharf, M., & Mayseless, O. (2007). (Eds.) Attachment in Adolescence: Reflections and New Angles: New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development. (No. 117). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass (Wiley). [Reed W. Larson, Lene Arnett Jensen, Editors-in Chief]


1. Soliman, P., & Mayseless, O. (1982). Correlates between mother's employment, father's involvement and child's mental health. Israeli Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences, 19, 121-127.

2. Nadler, A., Mayseless, O., Peri, N. & Chemerinski, A. (1985). Effects of opportunity to reciprocate and self esteem on help-seeking behavior. Journal of Personality, 53, 23-35. Link to on-line journal

3. Mayseless, O., & Kruglanski, A.W. (1987). What makes you so sure? Effects of epistemic motivations on judgmental confidence. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 39, 162-183. Link to pdf file

4. Kruglanski, A.W., & Mayseless, O. (1987). Motivational effects in the social comparison of opinions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 53, 834- 842. Link to pdf file

5. Mayseless, O., & Kruglanski, A.W. (1987). Accuracy of estimates in the social comparison of abilities. Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology, 23, 217- 229. Link to pdf file

6. Kruglanski, A.W., & Mayseless, O. (1988). Contextual effects in hypothesis testing: The role of competing alternatives and epistemic motivations. Social Cognition, 6 ,1-20.

7. Nemeth, C. J., & Mayseless, O. Sherman, J., & Brown, Y. (1990). Exposure to dissent and recall of information. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 58, 429-437. Link to pdf file

8. Kruglanski, W. A., & Mayseless, O. (1990). Classic and Current Social Comparison Research: Expanding the Perspective. Psychological Bulletin, 108, 195-208. Link to pdf file
[Order of authorship was randomly determined and does not reflect relative contribution]

9. Mayseless, O. (1991). Adult Attachment Patterns and Courtship Violence. Family Relations, 40, 21-28. Link to pdf file

10. Mayseless, O. (1993). Gifted adolescents and intimacy in close same-sex friendships. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 22, 135-146. Link to pdf file

11. Sagi, A., Van IJzendoorn, M.H., Aviezer, O., Donnell, F. & Mayseless, O. (1994). Sleeping out of home in a kibbutz communal arrangement: It makes a difference for infant-mother attachment. Child Development, 65, 992-1004. Link to pdf file

12. Scher, A. & Mayseless, O. (1994). Mothers' attachment with spouse and parenting in the first year. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 11, 601-609. Link to pdf file

13. Sagi, A., Van IJzendoorn, M.H., Scharf, M., Koren-Karie, N., Joels, T., & Mayseless, O. (1994). Stability and discriminant validity of the adult attachment interview: A psychometric study in young Israeli adults. Developmental Psychology, 30, 771-777.

14. Mayseless, O. (1996). Attachment patterns and their outcomes. Human Development, 39, 206-223. Link to pdf file

15. Mayseless, O., Danieli, R., & Sharabany, R. (1996). Adults’ attachment patterns and coping with separation. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 25, 667-690. Link to pdf file

16. Mayseless, O. & Gal, R. (1996). Hatred towards Arabs among Israeli high-school students. Studies in Education (Hebrew), 1 (New Series), 159-178.

17. Sagi, A., Van IJzendoorn, M.H., Scharf, M., Koren-Karie, N. Joels, T., Mayseless, O., & Aviezer, O. (1997). Ecological constraints for intergenerational transmission of attachment. International Journal of Behavior Development, 20, 287-299.

18. Scher, A., & Mayseless, O. (1997). Changes in negative emotionality in infancy- the role of mother's attachment concerns. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 15, 311-321. Link to pdf file

19. Mayseless, O., Sharabany, R., & Sagi, A. (1997). Attachment concerns of mothers as manifested in parental, spousal and friendship relationships. Personal Relationships, 4, 255-269. Link to pdf file

20. Mayseless, O., Wiseman, H., & Hai, I. (1998). Adolescents’ relationships with father, mother and same gender friend. Journal of Adolescent Research, 13, 101-123. Link to pdf file

21. Mayseless, O., & Hai, I. (1998). Leaving-home transition in Israel: Changes in parents-adolescents relationships and adaptation to military service. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 22, 589-609. Link to pdf file

22. Mayseless, O. (1998). Maternal caregiving strategy - A distinction between the ambivalent and the disorganized profile. Infant Mental Health Journal, 19, 20-33. Link to pdf file

23. Mayseless, O., & Scher, A. (2000). Mother’s attachment concerns regarding spouse and infant’s temperament as modulators of maternal separation anxiety. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines, 41, 917-925. Link to pdf file

24. Herer, Y., & Mayseless, O. (2000). Emotional and social adjustment of adolescents who show role-reversal in the family. Megamot (Hebrew), 3, 413-441.

25. Popper, M., Mayseless, O., & Castelnovo, O. (2000). Transformational leadership and attachment. The Leadership Quarterly, 11, 267-289. Link to pdf file

26. Scher, A. & Mayseless, O. (2000). Mothers of anxious/ambivalent infants: maternal characteristics and child-care context. Child Development, 71, 1629-1639. Link to pdf file

27. Mayseless, O. (2001) The relationships between parents and adolescents in Israel during the transition to adolescence. Megamot (Hebrew), XLI (1-2), 180-194.

28. Sharabany, R., Mayseless, O., Edri, G., & Lulav, D. (2001) Ecology, childhood experiences, and adult attachment styles of women in the kibbutz. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 25, 214-225. Link to pdf file

29. Granot, D., & Mayseless, O. (2001) Attachment security and adjustment to school in middle childhood. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 25, 530-541.Link to pdf file

30. Scharf, M., & Mayseless, O. (2001). The capacity for romantic intimacy: Exploring the contribution of best friend and marital and parental relationships. Journal of Adolescence, 24, 379-399. Link to pdf file

31. Mayseless, O. (2001). Young Israeli men in the transition from adolescence to adulthood: The role of military service. Studies in Education (Hebrew), (New Series) 5 (1), 159-190.

32. Popper, M., & Mayseless, O. (2003). Back to basics: Applying a parenting perspective to transformational leadership. The Leadership Quarterly, 14, 41-65. Link to pdf file
[Order of authorship was randomly determined and does not reflect relative contribution]

33. Mayseless, O., Scharf, M., & Sholt, M. (2003). From authoritative parenting practices to an authoritarian context: Exploring the person-environment fit. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 13, 427-456. Link to pdf file

34. Mayseless, O., Bartholomew, K., Henderson, A., & Trinke, S. (2003). “I was more her Mom than she was mine:” Role reversal in a community sample. Family Relations, 53, 78-86. Link to pdf file

35. Scharf, M., & Mayseless, O., & Kivenson Bar-on, I. (2004). Adolescents’ attachment representations and developmental tasks in emerging adulthood. Developmental Psychology, 40, 430-444. Link to pdf file
[The first two authors contributed equally to the paper]

36. Mayseless, O. (2004). Home-leaving to military service: Attachment concerns, transfer of attachment functions from parents to peers, and adjustment. Journal of Adolescent Research, 19, 533-558.
Link to pdf file

37. Wiseman, H., Mayseless, O, & Sharabany, R. (2006). Why are they lonely? Perceived quality of early relationships with parents, attachment, personality predispositions and loneliness in first-year university students. Personality and Individual Differences, 40, 237-248. Link to pdf file

38. Mayseless, O., & Scharf, M.  (2007). Adolescents’ attachment representations and their capacity for intimacy in close relationships. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 17, 23-50. [Both authors contributed equally to the paper] Link to pdf file

39. Mayseless, O., & Popper, M. (2007). Reliance on leaders and social institutions: An attachment perspective. Attachment & Human Development, 9 (1): 73 – 93. Link to pdf file

40. Popper, M. & Mayseless, O. (2007). The Building Blocks of Leader Development: A Psychological Conceptual Framework. Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 28(7), pp. 664-684. [Both authors contributed equally to the paper] Link to pdf file

41. Allison, C. J., Bartholomew, K., Mayseless, O. Dutton, D.G.  (2008). Love as a battlefield: Attachment and relationship dynamics in couples identified for male partner violence. Journal of Family Issues, 29, 125-150. Link to pdf file

42. Golden, D. & Mayseless, O. (2008). On the Alert in an Unpredictable Environment. Culture & Psychology, 14 (2): 155-179. Link to pdf file

43. Goldner,L. & Mayseless, O. (2008). 'Juggling the roles of parents, therapists, friends and teachers - a working model for an integrative conception of mentoring', Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning,16 (4), 412 - 428. Link to pdf file

44. Birnbaum, L. , Birnbaum, A. & Mayseless, O. (2008). 'The role of spirituality in mental health Interventions: A developmental perspective'. The International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 27, 65-73. Link to pdf file

45. Scharf, M. & Mayseless, O. (2008). 'Late adolescent girls' relationship with parents and romantic partners: The distinct role of mothers and fathers'. Journal of Adolescence, 31: 837-855. Link to pdf file

46. Scharf, M. & Mayseless, O. (2009). 'Socioemotional Characteristics of Elementary School Children Identified as Exhibiting Social Leadership Qualities'. The Journal of Genetic Psychology, 170(1): 73-94. Link to pdf file

47. Mayseless, O. & Scharf, M. (2009). 'Too Close for Comfort: Inadequate Boundaries With Parents and Individuation in Late Adolescent Girls'. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 79(2):191-202 Link to the pdf file

48.  Goldner, L., & Mayseless, O. (2009). The quality of mentoring relationships and mentoring success.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 38, 1339-1350. Link to pdf file

49.  Mayseless, O. (2010). Attachment and the leader-follower relationship. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27, 271-280. Link to pdf file

50. Scharf, M., & Mayseless, O. (2011). Buds of parenting in emerging adult males: what we learned from our parents. Journal of Adolescent Research, 26, 479-505. Link to pdf file

51. Scharf, M., & Mayseless, O., & Kivenson-Baron, I. (2011). Leaving the parental nest: Adjustment problems, attachment representations, and social support during the transition from high-school to military service. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40, 411-423. [First two authors contributed equally]. Link to pdf file

52.  Scharf, M., & Mayseless, O. (2011). Disorganizing experiences in second and third generation  Holocaust survivors.  Qualitative Health Research, 21, 1539 – 1553. Link to pdf file

53.  Granot, D., & Mayseless, O. (2012). Representations of mother-child attachment relationships and social information processing of peer relationships in early adolescence. Journal of Early Adolescence. 32, 537–564. Link to pdf file

54.  Moretti, M., Obsuth, I., Mayseless, O. & Scharf, M. (2012). Shifting internal parent- child representations among caregivers of teens with serious behavior problems: An attachment based approach. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 5, 191- 204. Link to pdf file

55. Scharf, M., Mayseless, O. & Kivenson-Baron. I. (2012). Intergenerational concordance in Adult Attachment Interviews with mothers, fathers and adolescent sons and subsequent adjustment of sons to military service. Attachment and Human Development, 14, 367–390. Link to pdf file

56. Keren, E., & Mayseless, O. (2013). The freedom to choose secure attachment relationships in adulthood. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 174, 271-290. Link to pdf file

57.  Mayseless O., &  Keren, E. (2014). Finding a meaningful life as a developmental task in emerging adulthood: The domains of love and work across cultures. Emerging Adulthood, 2, 63-73. Link to pdf File

58.  Russo-Netzer, P.,  & Mayseless, O. (2014). Spiritual identity outside institutional religion: A phenomenological exploration. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 14, 19-42. Link to pdf file

59.   Mayseless, O. (2014). Spirituality and education. Studies in Education (in Hebrew), 11-12 (Special Edition), 99-118.  [Israeli top journal in education]

60.   Scharf, M., & Mayseless, O., & Kivenson-Baron, I. (2015). The viability of the Parenting Representations Interview for assessing and measuring change in parents of adolescents. Attachment and Human Development, 17, 199-219. 

61.  Gavron, T.,  & Mayseless, O. (2015). Joint Painting Procedure to assess implicit aspects of the mother-child relationship in middle childhood. Art Therapy, 32(2), 83-88.


1. Nadler, A., & Mayseless, O. (1983). Recipient's Self esteem and reactions to Help. In J. D. Fisher, A. Nadler, & B. M. De paulo (Eds.), New Directions in Helping (Vol. I.): Recipient reactions to Help. New York: Academic Press.

2. Gal, R., & Mayseless, O. (1990). Attitudes of Israeli youth towards military service and national security during the Intifada In R. Gal (Ed.), The Seventh War. (pp. 76-84). Tel Aviv, Israel: Hakibbutz Hameuchad, (Hebrew). Link to pdf file

3. Sagi, A., Mayseless, O., Aviezer, O., Donnell, F., Joels, T., Harel, Y., & Tuvia, M. (1990).Early day care in the kibbutz: An ecological experiment. In E. Becchi (Ed.), Il Bambino e Gli Altri (pp. 161-173). Bergamo, Italy: Jeveniilia editrice s.r.l. (Italian). Link to pdf file

4. Mayseless, O. (1993). Youth at the end of the eighties: Political attitudes and ideological patterns. In Tal. M. (Ed.), Youth and Politics - Tenth symposium on youth movements research (pp. 21-28). Efal, Israel: Yad Tabenkin. (Hebrew).

5. Mayseless, O. (1993). Attitudes toward military service among Israeli youth. In D. Ashkenazy (Ed.), The Military in the Service of Society and Democracy (pp. 32-35). Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. [Parts of this chapter were published in a different version in Gal & Mayseless, 1990]. Link to pdf file

6. Mayseless, O. (1995). Towards military service. In H. Flum (Ed), Adolescents in Israel: personal, familial and social aspects.Even-Yehuda, Israel: Reches (Hebrew). Link to pdf file

7. Mayseless, O. (1995). Attachment patterns and marital relationships. In S. Shulman (Ed.) Close Relationships and Socioemotional Development. (pp. 185-202)Norwood, New Jersey: Ablex. Link to pdf file

8. Mayseless, O., & Scharf, M. (2001). Cohesion and relative power in family relationships and adolescent coping with a real-life stressful situation. In T. M. Gehring, M. Debry, & P. K. Smith (Eds.), The Family System Test FAST: Theory and application (pp. 157-176). Hove, East Sussex, UK: Brunner-Routledge. Link to pdf file

9. Popper, M., & Mayseless, O. (2002). Internal world of transformational leaders. In B. Avolio, & F. Yammarino, (Eds). Transformational and charismatic leadership, Volume 2 (pp. 203-229). New York: Elsevier Science Publications. Link to pdf file
[order of authorship was randomly determined and does not reflect relative contribution]

10. Mayseless, O. & Scharf, M. (2003). What does it mean to be an Adult? The Israeli Experience. In J.J. Arnett, N.L. Galambos (Eds.), New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development (#100): Exploring cultural conceptions of the transition to adulthood. San Francisco, CA: Wiley, Jossey-Bass. Link to pdf file

11. Mayseless, O., & Salomon, G. (2003). Dialectic contradictions in the experiences of Israeli Jewish adolescents: Efficacy and stress, closeness and friction, and conformity and non-compliance. In F. Pajares, & T. Urdan, (Eds.) Adolescence and Education, Volume III: International perspectives on adolescence (pp. 149-171). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing. Link to pdf file

12. Mayseless, O. (2005). Ontogeny of attachment in middle childhood: Conceptualization of normative changes. In K.A. Kerns, & R.A. Richardson (Eds.), Attachment in middle childhood (pp. 1-23). New York: Guilford. Link to pdf file

13. Mayseless, O., & Salomon, G. (2005). Characteristics of youth in Israel: Complementary and contradictory poles, self-assurance and stress, closeness and friction, conformity and disobedience. In G. Rahav, Y. Wozner, & M. Wander Schwartz, (Eds.).Youth in Israel, 2004 (pp. 141-161). The interdisciplinary center for the study of policy and care of children and youth, Bob Shafel School of Social Work, University of Tel-Aviv. (Hebrew)

14. Scharf, M., & Mayseless, O. (2005). Israeli youth – what do they have in their life? their parents, their parents and their parents. In G. Rahav, Y. Wozner, & M. Wander Schwartz, (Eds.).Youth in Israel, 2004 (pp. 119-140). The Interdisciplinary Center for Children and Youth Studies, Bob Shapell School of Social Work, University of Tel-Aviv. (Hebrew)

15. Mayseless, O. (2005). Parents' authority, teachers' authority: cultural characteristics of Israeli society. In E. Paldi, (Ed.) Education and Challenge of Time 2 (pp. 257-269). Reches: Tel Aviv. (Hebrew).

16. Mayseless, O. (2006). Studying parenting representations as a window to parents’ internal working model of caregiving. In O. Mayseless, (Ed.), Parenting representations: Theory, research, and clinical implications. (pp. 3 - 40). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. Link to pdf file

17. Mayseless, O., & Scharf, M. (2006). Maternal representations of parenting in adolescence and psychosocial functioning of mothers and adolescents. In O. Mayseless, (Ed.), Parenting representations: Theory, research, and clinical implications (pp. 208-238). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. Link to pdf file

18. Scharf, M., & Mayseless, O. (2007). Putting eggs in more than one basket: A new look at developmental processes of attachment in adolescence. (pp. 1-22) In M. Scharf, & O. Mayseless (Eds). Attachment in Adolescence: Reflections and New Angles: New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development. (No. 117). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass (Wiley). [Reed W. Larson, Kene Arnett Jensen, Editors-in Chief]. Link to pdf file

19.  Mayseless, O. &  Scharf, M. (2010).  Respecting others and being respected can reduce aggression in parent-child relations and schools. In P. R. Shaver, & M. Mikulincer, (Eds.) Human Aggression and Violence: Causes, Manifestations, and  Consequences (pp. 277 – 294). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

20. Scharf, M., & Mayseless, O. (2010). Finding the authentic self in a communal culture: Developmental goals in emerging adulthood. In S. Shulman & J.E. Nurmi ( Eds. ), The role of goals in navigating individual lives during emerging adulthood (pp. 83-95). New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 130, San Francisco. CA, USA: Jossey-Bass.

21. Mayseless, O & Russo-Netzer, P. (2012). The interplay of self transcendence  and psychological maturity among Israeli college students. In A.E.A., Warren, R. M., Lerner, & E. Phelps, (Eds.). Thriving and Spirituality among Youth: Research Perspectives and Future Possibilities (pp. 289 – 307). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

22. Mayseless, O. (2012). And what is beyond self actualization? On the application of transpersonal perspectives to education. In  Y., Tadmor, & A., Freimann, (Eds.),  Education – Core and Essence (pp. 269 – 280) Tel Aviv: Mofet Institute. [in Hebrew]

23. Popper, M., & Mayseless, O. (2013). Addendum: Additional insights derived from associating attachment theory with leadership (pp. 265-269). In B. J. Avolio, & F.J. Yammarino (Eds.) Transformational and Charismatic Leadership: 10th Anniversary Edition: the Road Ahead (2ed Ed.). Bingley UK: Emerald Group Publishing.