Differentiated Styles of Attachment to God and Varying Religious Coping Efforts

Volume
Volume 37
Issue
Summer 2009
Title
Differentiated Styles of Attachment to God and Varying Religious Coping Efforts
Abstract

The Attachment to God Inventory (AGI) and Religious Coping Activities Scale (RCAS) were given to 159 church-going adults. A median split using AGI Avoidance and Anxiety scales divided participants into Secure (24.46%), Dismissing (20.14%), Preoccupied (25.18%), and Fearful (30.22%) styles. These four groups were analyzed in relation to the six scales of the RCAS. Results indicated that Secure and Preoccupied used more Christian activities and ideas in coping. Secure also scored higher on religious avoidance, turning to religion to avoid problems. Dismissing focused more on good works and also avoided any sense of pleading. Fearful showed greater anger and doubt toward God. The only scale that failed to show a difference was the scale which represents the notion of using the church and pastor as a means of support. One can see that religious adults have differing attachment styles and vary in their use of religion to cope with life experiences.

Authors
L.B. Cooper, Dr. A.J. Bruce, Dr. M.J. Harman and Dr. M.T. Boccaccini
Pages
134 - 141
Price
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