Where These Intersect: A Critical Analysis of the Literature on Attachment, Spirituality and the LGBTQ Community
In the last decade, research on attachment theory and spirituality has increased. Similarly, research that includes or focuses on the specific needs or challenges that exists for LGBTQ individuals has increased. Despite the increase in research into these three areas, the impact that attachment has on spirituality and sexual orientation in tandem has yet to be explored. The current project reviews the literature with regard to spirituality and sexual orientation, in light of attachment theory. The theoretical underpinnings are explained, and the progression from infant attachment to romantic attachment is highlighted. The utility of attachment theory in understanding spirituality is then discussed, with particular attention to the idea of the god image. Attachment specific to LGBTQ individuals is addressed, with an emphasis on the emergence of community as a unique contributing factor to the discussion of attachment. There is much to be understood about sexual orientation and spirituality, in light of attachment theory. Finally, a discussion of the findings, the clinical implications and areas for further research are presented.
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
Attachment behavior, Sexual minorities, Psychoanalysis, Homosexuality, Spirituality