Examining relations among attachment, religiosity, and new age spirituality using the adult attachment interview
2007 (English)In: Developmental Psychology, ISSN 0012-1649, E-ISSN 1939-0599, Vol. 43, no 3, 590-601 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study was the first to examine relations between attachment and religion-spirituality in adults using a developmentally validated attachment assessment, the Adult Attachment Interview. Security of attachment was expected to be linked to a religiosity-spirituality that is socially based on the parental relationships and reflects extrapolation of attachment experiences with sensitive parents to perceived relationships with a loving God. Insecurity of attachment was expected to be related to religiosity-spirituality via emotional compensation for states of insecurity. Participants (N=84; 40% men; mean age=29 years) were drawn from religious-spiritual groups. Religiousness-spirituality was assessed with questionnaires. Results generally supported the hypotheses (ps<.05). Estimates of parental loving were linked to socially based religiosity, loving God images, and gradual religious changes occurring at early ages and in life contexts indicating a positive influence of close relationships. Estimates of parental rejection and role reversal were related to New Age spirituality and sudden-intense religious changes occurring in life contexts of turmoil. Current attachment state of mind was generally unrelated to traditional religiosity, but current preoccupation, unresolved-disorganized, and cannot classify states were associated with New Age spirituality.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 43, no 3, 590-601 p.
Adult Attachment Interview, religion, religious change, God image, New Age
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-144711DOI: 10.1037/0012-1622.214.171.1240ISI: 000246322400005PubMedID: 17484573OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-144711DiVA: diva2:394282