The Impact of Child-parent Attachment, Attachment to God and Religious Orientation on Psychological Adjustment

Volume
Volume 37
Issue
Summer 2009
Title
The Impact of Child-parent Attachment, Attachment to God and Religious Orientation on Psychological Adjustment
Abstract

The impact of religion and spirituality on psychological adjustment is a continuing area of concern. This preliminary study attempted to examine the effects of religious orientation, retrospective accounts of child-parent attachment and current accounts of attachment to God on trait anxiety and existential well being, based on questionnaire responses of a sample of 116 adults from Sydney, Australia. Small, significant effects of attachment to God on the prediction of adjustment were found above the effects of child-parent attachments. Intrinsic religious orientation mediated the relationship between attachment to God and adjustment. In addition, groups were formed according to correspondence and compensation routes to secure religious attachment. Results gave preliminary support to a differentiation, rather than a surrogacy, model of compensation. Further work to examine the process whereby attachment to God does or does not compensate for insecure child-parent attachment is needed.

Author
Dr. M. Miner
Pages
114 - 124
Price
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