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Attachment to God, depression and loss in late life: a longitudinal study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Number of Authors: 42018 (English)In: Mental Health, Religion & Culture, ISSN 1367-4676, E-ISSN 1469-9737, Vol. 21, no 8, p. 825-837Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Prior research shows that being anxiously and avoidantly attached to God is associated with psychologically problematic outcomes including depressive feelings. However, a clear understanding of how these insecure attachments to God are associated with depressive feelings is still missing. Therefore, a longitudinal study among 329 nursing home residents aged 65-99 was set up to investigate the prospective relation between anxious and avoidant attachment to God and the experience of depressive feelings, as well as whether this relation is moderated by a loss experience. That is, the loss of close relatives can be particularly stressful in late life, challenging existing attachment relationships and placing older adults at risk for depression. Results confirm that insecure attachments to God are distinctly related to depressive feelings, but that this relation is not moderated by a loss experience. Our results also show that depressive feelings predicts attachment to God, instead of the other way around.

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2018. Vol. 21, no 8, p. 825-837
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Religion, God, attachment, depressive symptoms, bereavement, ageing, nursing home
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Psychiatry Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-168454DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2018.1552671ISI: 000461958700001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-168454DiVA, id: diva2:1313242
Available from: 2019-05-02 Created: 2019-05-02 Last updated: 2019-05-02Bibliographically approved

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