Religion as Attachment: The Godin Award Lecture
2010 (English)In: Archive for the Psychology of Religion, ISSN 0084-6724, Vol. 32, no 1, 5-24 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this presentation, I delineate five refinements that I and my associates have introduced during the last decade to the literature on religion and spirituality from an attachment-theory perspective. First, I describe the principle of social correspondence as an addition to the idea that religiousness reflects generalizing working models of attachment. Second, I focus on what we have learned from studying implicit processes and utilizing experimental designs in religion-as-attachment research. Third, I describe results from research projects that have used developmentally validated attachment assessments, such as the Adult Attachment Interview. Fourth, I emphasize the need for engaging a wider developmental range in religion-as-attachment research and sum up what we have found using non-adult samples. Finally, I argue for employing a wider research perspective on the attachment-religion/spirituality connection than the central parameters of an attachment framework would suggest, by considering possible mediators between attachment and religious or spiritual outcomes.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brill , 2010. Vol. 32, no 1, 5-24 p.
attachment, internal working models, the Adult Attachment Interview, religion/spirituality, absorption
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-47142DOI: 10.1163/157361210X487177OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-47142DiVA: diva2:373112
The author would like to thank the following collaborators, whose contributions were vital for the research presented here: Dr. Andreas Birgegård, Prof. Anders Broberg, Prof. Rosalinda Cassibba and her research group, Prof. Jane Dickie, Prof. Berit Hagekull, Dr. Tord Ivarsson, Dr. Nancy Kaplan, Prof. Lee Kirkpatrick, Prof. Mary Main, Prof. Mario Mikulincer, Prof. Phillip Shaver, and the many thesis students who, over the years, helped with the data collection. I am also indebted to the following organizations for essential financial support: The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, the Swedish Research Council, and the Sasakawa Young Leaders’ Fellowship Fund. Finally, thanks to David Wulff for helpful suggestions in preparing this manuscript.2010-11-302010-11-302010-12-08Bibliographically approved