31 Jul 2018
I am pleased to share my latest publication on the circle of place spirituality in the Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, co-authored with Adam Possamai, Cameron McAuliffe, and Tanya Meade of Western Sydney University School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Australia. The study is titled “Attachment to Australia, attachment to God, and quality of life outcomes among African Christian diasporas in New South Wales: A cross-sectional study.”
Firstly, what is clear about the study result is that African Christians in New South Wales are drawn to Australia and look to God as their source of emotional security. These two imaginary relationships are very much likely to have unique health benefits due to their state-based functions in assuring a sense of felt security. Secondly, although African Christians in New South Wales are drawn to Australia as a significant place, this attachment may not have affected their sense of spirituality or devotion to God.
Thirdly, the main effects of attachment to Australia bear a strong positive association with all outcomes of quality of life, even when controlled for socio-demographic factors and attachment to God spirituality.
Fourthly, the main effects of attachment to God were also strongly associated with three QoL outcomes (psychological health, environmental health, and social relationship quality), while indicating no meaningful relationship with physical health, since a sense of spirituality may not resolve the reality of physical illness even though it could bring about comfort. In addition, physical health was negatively associated with age differences and significantly higher among African Christian diasporas who have been residents in Australia for more than 5 years.
Fifthly, there was no evidence that attachment to God moderates the relationship between place attachment and quality of life outcomes in the interaction models. However, both attachment to Australia and attachment to God individually have an impact on quality of life rather than collectively, thus the effects of attachment to Australi
a are not contingent on attachment to God.
Lastly, these results could mean that our data only speak to the independence of a safe connection to place, and to God, as independent objects of attachment since it is possible that these two relational domains may not be connected by the same attachment motivational system.