Children’s Views of Catholic Saints
Children’s views of Catholic saints were analyzed by exploring which saints Latino children favored in relation to how they viewed their own closeness to their mothers. There were 23 participants enrolled in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade and attending a private Catholic school. The participants were asked to perform 4 tasks, which included: drawing an image of their favorite saint, writing a personal letter to their favorite saint, doing a circle activity assessing their perceived closeness to others, and being interviewed. Additionally, the parents of the participants were asked about their favorite saint. Results suggested that there was a non-significant trend for children who placed themselves closer to their mothers in the circle task to favor a different saint than that of their mother. Furthermore, a non-significant trend was detected for children who selected their own saint to be relationally closer to their saint than children who selected their mothers’ saint. Finally, children who viewed themselves as closer to God tended to view themselves farther away from their saint or vice versa in the circle task. Implications and limitation of the study were discussed.
PSYD in Clinical Psychology
Barrett, Justin L.
Catholic, Attachment behavior in children, Christian education of children, Parent and child, Saints, Spirituality
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