Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The present study examined the association between intrinsic religiosity and attachment to God following mortality salience. Participants (N = 158) consisted of Christian individuals who were asked to complete the Religious Orientation Scale (Allport & Ross, 1967) as a measure of intrinsic religiosity, a word search puzzle to prime either death-related or neutral words, and the Attachment to God Inventory (Beck & McDonald, 2004). A moderated regression found a significant interaction between MS and intrinsic religiosity on avoidant but not anxious attachment to God. Specifically, following reminders of death, low intrinsic individuals were more avoidant toward God compared to high intrinsic individuals. These findings suggest that MS is associated with bolstering religious beliefs in order to cope with existential anxieties.
Hoffman, Jill; Arrowood, Robert B.; Weinstock, Maddie; Cenin, Arielle; and Cox, Cathy R.
"Attachment to God as a Function of Mortality Salience and Intrinsic Religiosity,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 25:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol25/iss1/7