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.
|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|
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