The relationships between object relations development, god image, spiritual maturity, and religious fundamentalism among christians
This study attempts to incorporate religious fundamentalism into an existing framework for understanding spiritual variables from an object relations perspective of development. Out of this theory have emerged two constructsâ image of God and spiritual maturityâ which are both spiritually and developmentally oriented. Based on theoretical considerations, it was hypothesized that religious fundamentalism would be connected to lower levels of object relations development and spiritual maturity, and more negative God images. Eighty-five Christians from 18-68 years old were therefore administered four inventories that measured these four constructs. Although mainly weak correlations for the overall sample were found, for students religious fundamentalism was linked to lower levels of object relations development, as hypothesized. Implications of this and other findings are explored.
Advisor:Davenport, Donna S.; Benjamin, Jr., Ludy T.; Brossart, Daniel F.; Duffy, Michael
School:Texas A&M University
School Location:USA - Texas
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:religious fundamentalism spiritual maturity god image object relations development
Date of Publication:08/01/2008