Sarah Calvert

Doctor of Philosophy, (Psychology)
Study Completed: 2010
College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Citation

Thesis Title
Attachment to God as a Source of Struggle and Strength: Exploring the Association Between Christians' Relationship with God and Their Emotional Wellbeing

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Ms Calvert examined the psychological effects of Christians’ experience of their relationship with God. She found that the experience of a close and secure relationship predicted improved wellbeing while fears of abandonment and rejection by God predicted reduced wellbeing over time. Ms Calvert’s findings highlight the implications of a relationship with God for mental health – as a potential source of both struggle and strength – and suggest the importance of attending to this issue in therapy with Christian clients.

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Dr Dave Clarke
Dr Len Richardson
Dr Richard Fletcher

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