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Examining relations among attachment, religiosity, and new age spirituality using the adult attachment interview
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2007 (English)In: Developmental Psychology, ISSN 0012-1649, E-ISSN 1939-0599, Vol. 43, no 3, 590-601 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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2007. Vol. 43, no 3, 590-601 p.
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Adult Attachment Interview, religion, religious change, God image, New Age
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-144711DOI: 10.1037/0012-1649.43.3.590ISI: 000246322400005PubMedID: 17484573OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-144711DiVA: diva2:394282
Available from: 2011-02-02 Created: 2011-02-02 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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