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Relationship between Recalled Parental Care and Religious Coping: 
The Mediating Effect of Attachment to God 
András LÁNG Contact / Kontakt / Kapcsolat
EJMH Vol 11 Issue 1-2 (2016) 144–150;
Received: 22 May 2014; accepted: 10 October 2014; online date: 8 April 2016
Section: Short Communications
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Attachment to God is related to both parental bonding and religious coping, but the relation of the two latter variables has gained little attention until now. In a study among 95 Roman Catholics (49 women), the mediating role of attachment to God between perceived parental care and religious coping was tested. Results showed that levels of avoidant attachment to God and positive religious coping were independent of perceived parental care. Multiple linear regressions revealed that anxious attachment to God fully mediated the relationship between parental care and negative religious coping. Possible explanations for these selective relationships are discussed.


attachment to God; religious coping; parental bonding; mediation

Corresponding author

Dr. habil. András Láng
Institute of Psychology
University of Pécs
Ifjúság útja 6
H-7624 Pécs