But, God: exploring the practice of lament as a means of developing a more secure attachment to God
LE3 .A278 2021
Doctor of Ministry
Acadia Divinity College
The purpose of this study was to examine ways in which the practice of lament might contribute to a more secure attachment to God. Eleven participants from the London, Ontario area completed the Attachment to God Inventory (AGI) and the Experiences in Close Relationships (Revised) Questionnaire (ECR-R) before and after a seven-week study on lament and attachment. Follo wing the study, semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten of the eleven participants. Qualitative and quantitative results indicated that the practice of lament helped to strengthen participants’ perceived attachment to God. Studies of correlations between AGI and ECR-R data, which explored whether attachments between significant adult attachment relationships (ECR-R) were mirrored in some way in participants’ attachment to God patterns were inconclusive, suggesting a more complex and dynamic relationship exists between believers’ adult attachment relationships and the formation of attachment to God patterns.
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