Christianity | Counseling | Religion
This study compared the efficacy of a manualized group treatment protocol on God image and attachment to God to a manualized Christian Bible study and a waiting list control group in a sample of undergraduate college students attending a Christian college. Thirty students were randomly assigned to one of the treatment conditions and assessed with measures of God attachment, God image, religious coping, and general spiritual outcomes. It was hypothesized that significant God image and attachment change would occur among the God image treatment group participants only. In addition, it was hypothesized that significant religious coping and spiritual outcome change would occur within both groups compared to the waiting list control group. The results supported significant spiritual outcome changes in both groups but no significant God image/attachment change or religious coping change. Feedback from the group participants informed how manualized God image/attachment protocols may be modified in future research to improve outcomes for young college-age Christian participants.
Rasar, J., Garzon, F., Moriarty, G., Volk, F., & O’Hare, C. (2013). The Efficacy of a manualized group treatment protocol for changing God image, attachment to God, religious coping, and love of God, others, and self. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 41, 267-280.