ERIC Number: EJ699395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-1
Spirituality, Self-Representations, and Attachment to Parents: A Longitudinal Study of Roman Catholic College Seminarians
Reinert, Duane F.
Counseling and Values, v49 n3 p226 Apr 2005
The author used an attachment theory framework to explore relationships between early attachment to parents and seminarians' later self-representations and relationship with God. Attachment to mother was a key variable in predicting seminarians' level of self-esteem and internalized shame as well as the quality of their relationship with God. This study suggests that a secure relationship with God may, over time, have a moderating effect on low self-esteem. Furthermore, an individual's style of early attachment to mother may influence the quality of later spiritual experiences in relation to God, Implications for counseling are discussed from the perspective of attachment theory.
Descriptors: Religion, Religion Studies, Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Attachment Behavior, Self Esteem, Interpersonal Relationship, Counseling, Church Related Colleges, Theological Education, College Students
American Counseling Association, 5999 Stevenson Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304. Web site: http://www.counseling.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A