Attachment avoidance to God exacerbates the negative effect of tangible resource loss on psychological resource loss
Rosemead School of Psychology
The present study examined the impact of losing tangible resources on psychological resources in a sample of college students (n = 160) affected by Hurricane Katrina. The data was collected approximately five months after the storm. Based on conservation of resources theory, we tested whether the loss of tangible resources (e.g., food, water) would be positively related to the loss of psychological resources (e.g., optimism, hope), and whether this association would be exacerbated by having an insecure (anxious or avoidant) attachment to God. As predicted, loss of tangible resources was related to the loss of psychological resources, and this relationship was amplified in participants who had an avoidant attachment to God. We conclude by discussing implications of the present study and areas for future research.
Hurricane Katrina; Conservation (Psychology)
Mental Health, Religion & Culture
DOI of Published Version
Hill, Peter C., "Attachment avoidance to God exacerbates the negative effect of tangible resource loss on psychological resource loss" (2017). Faculty Articles & Research. 539.