Asian-American College Students' Parental Attachment and Their Relationship with God

From: Volume 6, Issue 2: Fall 2009, Leadership for Church Ministry Pages 353-375

Abstract

This study examined to what extent college students' attachment to their parents affected their relationship with God by investigating 206 Korean-American and 95 Chinese-American college students in the Dallas and Austin areas (n=301). Students completed the Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment (IPPA) and the Spiritual Assessment Inventory (SAI). Results showed that students with low attachment to their parents displayed more instability and disappointment in their relationships with God than students with high attachment. Highly attached students, however, showed a high level of awareness of God's presence in their lives and a positive self-image in religious lives.

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