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Mothers' attachment security predicts their children's sense of God's closeness.
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PMID:  23216392     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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.
Rosalinda Cassibba; Pehr Granqvist; Alessandro Costantini
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Attachment & human development     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1469-2988     ISO Abbreviation:  Attach Hum Dev     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100901315     Medline TA:  Attach Hum Dev     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  51-64     Citation Subset:  IM    
a Department of Psychology , Bari University , Italy.
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