Disorganized Attachment, Absorption, and New Age Spirituality: A Mediational Model
2009 (English)In: Attachment & Human Development, ISSN 1461-6734, E-ISSN 1469-2988, Vol. 11, no 4, 385-403 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this paper, we present a theoretical model and an empirical review linking disorganized attachment with New Age spiritual beliefs and activities via a proposed mediator; the propensity to enter altered states of consciousness (absorption/dissociation). Utilizing a prospective longitudinal design (N = 62), an empirical test of the mediational model is also provided for illustrational purposes. More specifically, we tested if unresolved/disorganized (U/d) attachment scores, as identified via the Adult Attachment Interview at the first assessment point, predicted New Age spirituality 3 years later, and whether this link was mediated by absorption. Results supported the mediational model, although the bivariate relation between U/d attachment and New Age spirituality was of modest strength. The discussion focuses on the general implications, clinical as well as non-clinical, of the proposed model. Finally, we argue that time is now ripe for attachment researchers to address additional non-pathological sequelae of disorganized attachment and the related propensity to experience altered states of consciousness.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 11, no 4, 385-403 p.
Absorption, Adult attachment interview, Disorganized attachment, Dissociation, New age, Religion, Spirituality
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-101205DOI: 10.1080/14616730903016995ISI: 000267980300004PubMedID: 19603302OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-101205DiVA: diva2:212049