Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
John C. Thomas
Attachment, Forgiveness, God Attachment, Prayer, Relationship Satisfaction
Counseling | Counseling Psychology
Myers, Joshua Michael, "The Relationship of Prayer and Forgiveness to God Attachment, Romantic Attachment, and Relationship Satisfaction in Christian Married Adults: A Mediation Study" (2015). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1030.
Research demonstrates that one's attachment to God accounts for unique variance in Relationship Satisfaction after accounting for the effects of Romantic Attachment. To date, only one study has sought to find a similar finding within a predominately married population. However, no study has attempted to partially explain this effect. This study seeks to answer the following research question: does Prayer and Forgiveness partially mediate the relationship between God Attachment and Relationship Satisfaction in a married population? It is hypothesized that Prayer and Forgiveness will partially mediate the relationship between God Attachment and Relationship Satisfaction in a married population. The study revealed that only the two dimensions of Romantic Attachment, and God Attachment Anxiety correlated with Relationship Satisfaction. God Attachment accounted for 1% unique variance on Relationship Satisfaction after controlling for Romantic Attachment, Prayer accounted for 4% of unique variance and Forgiveness just .1% of unique variance after controlling for God Attachment.