John Bowlby, Mary Ainsworth, and many others have established the importance of parent-child attachment relationships. More recently research has also examined how such attachments influence an individual’s attachment to and perceptions of God. The current study examined the relationship between these factors hypothesizing that a correspondence would be found between secure parent and secure God attachments. College of Wooster students and their parents were surveyed for the current study regarding their parent-student attachment, attachment to God, perceptions of God, and religious beliefs and practices. A secure attachment to one’s mother was found to relate to corresponding student religiosity and less avoidance of intimacy with God. While mother and father attachments were examined the mother influence demonstrated greater influence.


Casey, Michael



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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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