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Mothers' attachment security predicts their children's sense of God's closeness
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2013 (English)In: Attachment & Human Development, ISSN 1461-6734, E-ISSN 1469-2988, Vol. 15, no 1, 51-64 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The current research reports that mothers' security of attachment predicts their children's sense of God's closeness. A total of 71 mother–child dyads participated (children's M age = 7.5). Mothers' attachment organization was studied with the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI; Main, Goldwyn, & Hesse, 2003) and their religiosity and attachment to God were measured with questionnaires. Children were told stories about visually represented children in attachment-activating and attachment-neutral situations, and placed a God symbol on a felt board to represent God's closeness to the fictional children. Children of secure mothers placed the God symbol closer (d = .78) than children of insecure mothers across both types of situations, suggesting that children's experiences with secure-insecure mothers generalize to their sense of God's closeness. Also, girls (but not boys) placed the God symbol closer in attachment-activating than in attachment-neutral situations, giving partial support for an attachment normative God-as-safe-haven model. Finally, mothers' religiosity and attachment to God were unrelated to child outcomes.

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2013. Vol. 15, no 1, 51-64 p.
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adult attachment interview, intergenerational transmission, religion, childhood, God image
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-85662DOI: 10.1080/14616734.2013.743253ISI: 000315716000003OAI: diva2:584220
Available from: 2013-01-08 Created: 2013-01-08 Last updated: 2013-04-16Bibliographically approved

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