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Attachment and religious representations and behavior
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Personality, Social and Developmental Psychology.
2016 (English)In: Handbook of attachment: theory, research, and clinical applications / [ed] Jude Cassidy and Phillip R. Shaver, New York: Guilford Press, 2016, 3, 856-878 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter is divided into five major sections. In the first, we argue that people’s perceived relationships with God meet the defining criteria of attachment relationships reasonably well, and hence function psychologically much as other attachments do. We examine in the second section lifespan maturational issues involved in the development of attachment and religion. These first two sections deal with normative/typical aspects of the attachment–religion connection. In the third section, we review empirical connections between religion and individual differences in attachment. This section is subdivided into two subsections—the first focusing on a “compensation” pathway and the second describing a “correspondence” pathway to religion. We address in the fourth major section research findings and implications of the religion-as-attachment model with respect to psychological outcomes. In the final major section, which is new to this edition, we address the current state of theory and research on the attachment–religion connection.

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New York: Guilford Press, 2016, 3. 856-878 p.
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attachment, religious representations, behavior
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-132290ISBN: 9781462525294ISBN: 9781462525317OAI: diva2:951049
Available from: 2016-08-05 Created: 2016-08-05 Last updated: 2016-08-09Bibliographically approved

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