Title

Children’s Attachment to God: Associations With Parent-Child Attachment and God Concepts

Publication Date

7-2013

Abstract

Although past research has consistently documented that secure attachment to God is associated with positive outcomes in adults, such as higher levels of well-being and lower levels of emotional distress (Granqvist & Kirkpatrick, 2008; Hazan & Shaver, 1994), little research has focused on children's attachment to God. In the present study I examined how factors such as parent-child attachment, parents' own attachment to God, and children's God concept may influence attachment to God in children (ages 6-8) from Christian families. Questionnaire data were collected from multiple informants (mothers, fathers, and children). Regression models predicting children's avoidance and anxiety toward God were significant. Specifically, results indicated that children's avoidance with mothers and fathers was associated with their avoidance toward God. Further, children who perceived God as more loving reported less avoidance toward God. Children's anxiety with mothers also predicted their anxiety with God, such that children who reported greater anxiety with mothers also reported greater anxiety toward God. Further, children who perceived God as more punishing were more anxious toward God.

Degree Name

PSYD in Clinical Psychology

First Advisor

Wong, Maria

Date Uploaded

11-26-2017

Collection Number

Psych0371E

Document Type

Dissertation

File Name

Rouse_fuller.psych_0371E_10071

Language

English

Keywords

Desire for God, Fear of God, Parent and child, Children

Disciplines

Psychology

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Embargo Period

11-26-2018

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