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Disorganized attachment, absorption, and new age spirituality: a mediational model
Department of Psychology , Uppsala University , Uppsala, Sweden.
Uppsala Universitet.
Uppsala Universitet.
2009 (English)In: Attachment & Human Development, ISSN 1461-6734, E-ISSN 1469-2988, Vol. 11, no 4, 385-403 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we present a theoretical model and an empirical review linking disorganized attachment with New Age spiritual beliefs and activities via a proposed mediator; the propensity to enter altered states of consciousness (absorption/dissociation). Utilizing a prospective longitudinal design (N = 62), an empirical test of the mediational model is also provided for illustrational purposes. More specifically, we tested if unresolved/disorganized (U/d) attachment scores, as identified via the Adult Attachment Interview at the first assessment point, predicted New Age spirituality 3 years later, and whether this link was mediated by absorption. Results supported the mediational model, although the bivariate relation between U/d attachment and New Age spirituality was of modest strength. The discussion focuses on the general implications, clinical as well as non-clinical, of the proposed model. Finally, we argue that time is now ripe for attachment researchers to address additional non-pathological sequelae of disorganized attachment and the related propensity to experience altered states of consciousness.

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Routledge , 2009. Vol. 11, no 4, 385-403 p.
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disorganized attachment, Adult Attachment Interview, absorption, dissociation, New Age, spirituality, religion
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-34591DOI: 10.1080/14616730903016995ISI: 000267980300004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-34591DiVA: diva2:285205
Available from: 2010-01-11 Created: 2010-01-11 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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