The relationships between object relations development, God image, spiritual maturity, and religious fundamentalism among Christians
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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 constructs-image of God and spiritual maturity-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.
Olds, Victoria Sikes (2008). The relationships between object relations development, God image, spiritual maturity, and religious fundamentalism among Christians. Doctoral dissertation, Texas A&M University. Texas A&M University. Available electronically from