Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

God in the marital system: A theory of covenant attachment
by Maxwell, Mark David, Psy.D., Alliant International University, 2013, 196; 3592826
Abstract (Summary)

Attachment theory has been applied in examining an individual's relationship with God through various research studies. Few research studies, however, have examined a romantic couples' relationship with God and each other as part of a family system. The purpose of this constructivist grounded theory study was to develop a deeper understanding of the relational system of married couples and God. I interviewed nine marital couples from multiple Christian denominations that reported having a strong relationship with each other and a strong relationship with God together. The interviews were transcribed and analyzed using constructivist grounded theory techniques presented by Charmaz (2006). I analyzed emergent categories of behaviors, emotions, and cognitions to construct a theory and model of marital couples and their shared relationship with God. I compared and contrasted the results and theory to existing literature on attachment theory as well as theology on kinship covenant to demonstrate a shared attachment to God that reflects a covenant attachment system. Finally, I discuss clinical, pastoral and future research implications.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Miller, Marianne M.
Commitee: Davis, Sean D., Woolley, Scott R.
School: Alliant International University
Department: Couple and Family Therapy
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 74/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Pastoral Counseling, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Attachment, Couples, Covenant, Eft, God, Spirituality
Publication Number: 3592826
ISBN: 9781303344022
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