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Afektivna vezanost i religioznost
Affective Attachment And Religiosity

Author(s): Tatjana Stefanović Stanojević, Aleksandra Hadžić Krnetić
Subject(s): Psychology
Published by: Универзитет у Нишу
Keywords: attachment to humans; attachment to God; religiosity; adolescents; adults

Summary/Abstract: This paper studies the impact of affective attachment to significant human figures and to God on the salience of religious orientations, expressed in terms of dimensions of extrinsic and intrinsic religiosity. The sample consists of 224 respondents, 113 of whom are adolescents of average age of 16.9 who, in the course of their elementary education, acquired a systematic knowledge of religion through religious education lessons. The remaining 111 respondents are adults of average age of 40.1, who did notacquire a systematic knowledge of religion. The results show that the characteristics indicating an insecure attachment to humans were more frequently found in the subsample of adult respondents. Secure attachment to God was more frequent in adults, while more adolescents (in comparison to adult respondents) expressed dismissive attachment to God. A higher incidence of insecure attachment to humans serves as a predictor of a higher extrinsic religiosity in the adolescent subsample and a higher intrinsic religiosity in the adult subsample. Attachment to God has an impact on extrinsic religiosity, with the respondents with insecure attachment patterns being prone to extremes, i.e. scoring either very high (dismissive and preoccupied attachment to God) or very low (fearful attachment to God) on the dimension of extrinsic religiosity.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 1175-1196
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: English