Date of Award
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology
This study's purpose was to develop linear equations which predict the subjective experience of estrangement from God among Evangelical Christians. Six multiple linear regressions were generated using scores from the God Image Questionnaire as the dependent variables. The regression equations suggest that the following variables were the most powerful available predictors of the subjective experience of estrangement from God. Among the objective test score variables, empathy deficits, low assertiveness scores, social incompetence, unforgiveness, and poor ability to access spiritual resources were significant. Demographic variables that predicted estrangement from God were: failure to identify oneself as a Christian; having felt harmed by a church or religious activity and infrequent practice of the spiritual disciplines of praying for others, forgiveness, and sitting silently in the presence of God.
Wurtz, Kathryn S., "Predictors of Estrangement from God Among Evangelical Christians" (1996). Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). 293.