Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Adult Attachment, Chaplains, Compensation Hypothesis, Correspondence Hypothesis, God Attachment, Transformational Leadership
Counseling | Counselor Education | Other Religion | Practical Theology | Religion
Foulkes, Deboarah, "The Relationship between Transformational Leadership Behavior, Adult Attachment and God Attachment" (2015). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1126.
Transformational leaders are charged with the undertaking of not only accomplishing tasks, but also engaging followers in a manner that will achieve these tasks. An interaction with the follower is needed to achieve this, and the quality of that interaction may be impacted by environmental stressors. Past studies suggest that adult attachment orientation will determine the quality of interpersonal interactions. Additionally, past studies also suggest that an attachment to God influences the quality of interpersonal interactions and how one copes with stress. A correspondence model of God attachment posits that a person’s attachment to God will be similar to their adult attachment style. On the other hand a compensation model of God attachment proposes that a secure attachment to God can occur when there is an insecure adult attachment. This research study used a sample of religious leaders in a chaplaincy program to find out if God attachment moderates adult attachment in transformational leaders.