Internal Desecration: Traumatization and Representations of God

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University Press of America, 1993 - Psychology - 168 pages
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Overwhelming life experiences, such as physical and sexual abuse during childhood, have the potential to obliterate internal representations of a loving God. In this book the author explores the inter-relationship between severity of childhood traumatization and mental representations of God through a comprehensive review of psychodynamic literature and quantitative research methodology. The research findings of a study with forty seven women demonstrate the complexity of this subject and illustrate how the empirical truth of quantitative findings may or may not resonate with the metaphorical truth of psychodynamic models of traumatization. The author discusses the significance of these findings for clinicians and faith communities.
 

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Contents

THE INTERRELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TRAUMATIZATION AND GOD REPRESENTATIONS
1
God Representation
5
Significance of the Problem
8
REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE
13
Self Psychology
17
Object Relations Theory
19
Empirical Measures of Psychic Traumatization
24
The Nature of Representations
26
Patterns of Scale Interrelationships
73
Correlations with Social Desirability
75
Traumatization and God Representations
76
The Covariance of God Representations for each Method
78
Traumatization and God Representations
80
Metaphor Scale
81
Adjective Scale
84
Ranking Scale
86

Empirical Studies on Representations
27
Empirical Measures of God Representations
30
Semantic differential technique
32
The Qsort technique
36
Factor analyses
39
Studies on Correlations between Traumatization and God Representations
45
Summary
52
METHODOLOGY
53
Sample
54
Severity of Traumatization
55
God Representations
56
Social Desirability
57
Data Analyses
58
RESULTS
59
Correlational Analyses of Traumatization and God Representations
65
Intercorrelations among God Representations
67
MonotraitHeteromethod Triangles
69
Monotrait Correlations Compared with Monomethod Correlations
70
Summary
89
Alcoholic Parents Trauma and God Representations
90
Ethnicity and God Representations
96
Role of Childhood Religion and God Representations
101
DISCUSSION
109
The Structural Model
111
A Self Psychological Model
114
An Object Relations Model
116
Discussion of Secondary Findings
122
Limitations of This Study
125
Areas for Further Research
127
CONCLUSIONS
129
Clinical Significance of This Study
133
Significance in Terms of the Community of Faith
138
BIBLIOGRAPHY
141
AUTHOR INDEX
157
SUBJECT INDEX
161
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Carrie Doehring is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Psychology at Boston University School of Theology.

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