Mother God, Father God: Children's Perceptions of God's Distance

This study explored children's perceived distance from and involvelnent with God as related to (a) parents' involvelnent in parenting, (b) children's perceptions of God's gender, and (c) God's involvelnent in problematic situations. Forty-nine children ages 4-10 were intervi...

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Published in:The international journal for the psychology of religion
Authors: Eshleman, Amy K. ; Dickie, Jane R. ; Merasco, Dawn M. ; Shepard, Amy ; Johnson, Melissa
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group 1999
In: The international journal for the psychology of religion
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Parallel Edition:Electronic
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Summary:This study explored children's perceived distance from and involvelnent with God as related to (a) parents' involvelnent in parenting, (b) children's perceptions of God's gender, and (c) God's involvelnent in problematic situations. Forty-nine children ages 4-10 were interviewed and their parents colnpleted questionnaires. Children who were older, or whoseparents were less involved, perceived God as closer; when children perceived God as male, boys perceived God as closer; when children per- ceived God as female or not male, girls perceived God as closer. Attachment (Kirpatrick & Shaver, 1990) and gender (Chodorow, 1978; Gilligan & Wiggins, 1988) theories are used to interpret the results.
ISSN:1532-7582
Contains:Enthalten in: The international journal for the psychology of religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1207/s15327582ijpr0902_4