Author

Sarah Wice

Date Approved

2009

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Committee Member

Alida Westman, Ph.D., Chair

Committee Member

Alissa Huthbocks, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Ellen Koch, Ph.D.

Abstract

This study explored the associations between adult attachment style, coping style, religious beliefs, and experiences with grief. Participants from local bereavement and religious groups completed questionnaires about these constructs.

Hyp. 1-2 predicted that greater endorsement of Secure and Dismissingly Avoidant attachment styles would be associated with less Subjective Distress. Results partially supported these hypotheses. Hyp. 3-6 predicted that the relationship between a Substitute Attachment Figure and adult attachment style would be associated with religious beliefs. Results did not support these hypotheses. Hyp. 7-9 predicted that greater endorsement of Secure and Dismissingly Avoidant attachment styles would be associated with more problem solving strategies. Higher endorsement of a Fearfully Avoidant attachment style would be associated with greater avoidance while higher endorsement of a Preoccupied style of attachment would be associated with more rumination. Results partially supported these hypotheses. Discussion centers on the qualitative aspects of the Substitute Attachment Figures and suggestions for future research.

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