Adult attachment, God attachment and gender in relation to perceived stress

Sarah R. Reiner, Tamara L. Anderson, M. Elizabeth Lewis Hall, Todd W. Hall

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Abstract

This study examines whether adult attachment, God attachment and gender are related to perceived stress. Based on the literature on these variables, it was expected that adult and God attachment would predict perceived stress, that God attachment would have incremental validity over adult attachment in predicting perceived stress and that gender would be a moderator in the relationship between attachment and perceived stress. Two hundred seventy-six participants from a private, Christian university in Southern California completed questionnaires assessing these variables. Multivariate regression analyses indicated that adult and God attachment anxiety as well as adult attachment avoidance significantly predicted perceived stress. Furthermore, God attachment anxiety had incremental validity over adult attachment. Interestingly, gender was a suppressor variable in the relationship between attachment anxiety and perceived stress. Therefore, attachment relationships with one's partner and God are both important in explaining perceived stress level. Gender may also play an indirect role in this relationship, though this concept should be further validated with future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-185
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Psychology and Theology
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Psychology(all)

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