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ERIC Number: EJ949647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1364-436X
An Attachment Theory Approach to Narrating the Faith Journey of Children of Parental Divorce
Kiesling, Chris
International Journal of Children's Spirituality, v16 n4 p301-313 2011
This study explores the effects of parental divorce on a child's faith. Drawing from attachment theory, Granqvist and Kirkpatrick proposed two probable developmental pathways to religion. For those with secure attachment, whose cumulative experiences of sensitive, religious caregivers enhance the development of a God image as loving; belief emerges from a gradual process of socialisation (correspondence hypothesis). By contrast, for children with insecure attachment, turning to God is more typically precipitated by significant emotional turmoil; the discovery of new truth is indistinguishable from the discovery of a new relationship; and God serves as a substitute attachment figure (compensation hypothesis). Qualitative interviews with 12 seminary students who are adult children of their parents' divorce illustrate the viability of using attachment theory as a heuristic for narrating, enhancing understanding of, and distinguishing the developmental faith journey of children who experience the divorce of their parents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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