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The Impact of a Compassionate Love Writing Intervention on State Attachment to God

Kaitlyn Knight, Dr. Anna Harper, Psychology/ Counseling, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expressway Bresee Suite 200 Bethany, OK 73008

The area of attachment has been a topic that has been explored through research for many years by various researchers. The purpose of the current study is to determine whether or not reflecting on past experiences of giving or receiving compassionate love has made an impact on state attachment to God. In the present study, there were three hypotheses tested. The first hypothesis was reflecting on an experience of giving and receiving compassionate love will result in less state attachment anxiety toward God, compared to reflecting on an everyday experience. The second hypothesis was reflecting on an experience of giving and receiving compassionate love will result in less state attachment avoidance toward God, compared to reflecting on an everyday experience. The last hypothesis was Reflecting on an experience of giving and receiving compassionate love will result in greater state attachment security toward God, compared to reflecting on an everyday experience. The participants were asked to answer a series of questions including the attachment to God scale and then were asked to take 5 minutes to reflect on an assigned prompt. There were 3 different prompts that included giving compassionate love, receiving compassionate love, and everyday experience(control). My analyses will include three one-way ANOVA’s testing how reflecting on giving/receiving compassionate love will impact state attachment to God. 




Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Kaitlyn Knight

Institution: Southern Nazarene University

Type: Poster

Subject: Psychology

Status: Approved


Time and Location

Session: Poster 11
Date/Time: Wed 3:00pm-4:00pm
Session Number: 7020