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Forgiveness, Attachment to God, and Mental Health Outcomes in Older U.S. Adults: A Longitudinal Study.
Res Aging 2018; 40(5):456-479RA

Abstract

We analyze a sample of older U.S. adults with religious backgrounds in order to examine the relationships among two types of divine forgiveness and three indicators of psychological well-being (PWB) as well as the moderating role of attachment to God. Results suggest that (a) feeling forgiven by God and transactional forgiveness from God are not associated with changes in PWB over time, (b) secure attachment to God at baseline is associated with increased optimism and self-esteem, (c) feeling forgiven by God and transactional forgiveness from God are more strongly associated with increased PWB among the securely attached, and (d) among the avoidantly attached, PWB is associated with consistency in one's beliefs, that is, a decreased emphasis on forgiveness from God. Findings underscore the importance of subjective beliefs about God in the lives of many older adults in the United States.

Authors+Show Affiliations

1 Sociology Department, Baylor University, Waco, TX, USA.1 Sociology Department, Baylor University, Waco, TX, USA.1 Sociology Department, Baylor University, Waco, TX, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

28506109

Citation

Kent, Blake Victor, et al. "Forgiveness, Attachment to God, and Mental Health Outcomes in Older U.S. Adults: a Longitudinal Study." Research On Aging, vol. 40, no. 5, 2018, pp. 456-479.
Kent BV, Bradshaw M, Uecker JE. Forgiveness, Attachment to God, and Mental Health Outcomes in Older U.S. Adults: A Longitudinal Study. Res Aging. 2018;40(5):456-479.
Kent, B. V., Bradshaw, M., & Uecker, J. E. (2018). Forgiveness, Attachment to God, and Mental Health Outcomes in Older U.S. Adults: A Longitudinal Study. Research On Aging, 40(5), pp. 456-479. doi:10.1177/0164027517706984.
Kent BV, Bradshaw M, Uecker JE. Forgiveness, Attachment to God, and Mental Health Outcomes in Older U.S. Adults: a Longitudinal Study. Res Aging. 2018;40(5):456-479. PubMed PMID: 28506109.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Forgiveness, Attachment to God, and Mental Health Outcomes in Older U.S. Adults: A Longitudinal Study. AU - Kent,Blake Victor, AU - Bradshaw,Matt, AU - Uecker,Jeremy E, Y1 - 2017/05/16/ PY - 2017/5/17/pubmed PY - 2018/12/15/medline PY - 2017/5/17/entrez KW - aging KW - attachment to god KW - health KW - life course KW - longitudinal KW - religion SP - 456 EP - 479 JF - Research on aging JO - Res Aging VL - 40 IS - 5 N2 - We analyze a sample of older U.S. adults with religious backgrounds in order to examine the relationships among two types of divine forgiveness and three indicators of psychological well-being (PWB) as well as the moderating role of attachment to God. Results suggest that (a) feeling forgiven by God and transactional forgiveness from God are not associated with changes in PWB over time, (b) secure attachment to God at baseline is associated with increased optimism and self-esteem, (c) feeling forgiven by God and transactional forgiveness from God are more strongly associated with increased PWB among the securely attached, and (d) among the avoidantly attached, PWB is associated with consistency in one's beliefs, that is, a decreased emphasis on forgiveness from God. Findings underscore the importance of subjective beliefs about God in the lives of many older adults in the United States. SN - 1552-7573 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/28506109/Forgiveness_Attachment_to_God_and_Mental_Health_Outcomes_in_Older_U_S__Adults:_A_Longitudinal_Study_ L2 - http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0164027517706984?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -