Journal of psychology and theology (J PSYCHOL THEOL)

Publisher: Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology; Rosemead Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Journal description

The purpose of the Journal of Psychology and Theology is to communicate recent scholarly thinking on the interrelationships of psychological and theological concepts, and to consider the application of these concepts to a variety of professional settings. The major intent of the editor is to place before the evangelical community articles that have bearing on the nature of humankind from a biblical perspective.

Current impact factor: 0.37

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2009 Impact Factor 0.311

Additional details

5-year impact 0.49
Cited half-life >10.0
Immediacy index 0.36
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.13
Website Journal of Psychology & Theology website
Other titles Journal of psychology and theology, Journal of psychology & theology, Psychology and theology
ISSN 0091-6471
OCLC 1787711
Material type Periodical
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: This article explores the reading of the Prodigal Son’s self-talk though the lenses of a metacognitive-dialogical paradigm. The main thrust of the parable is provided and followed by a hypothetical reading of the succinct excerpts of the Prodigal’s internal dialogues and rhetoric, recognizing their ancillary character, illustrative meaning, and contextual purpose. Such processes appear to be involved in metanoia—a change of mind: (a) the son’s attention, perception, and recognition of his negative predicament; (b) his kairotic “aha” experience charged with regret, remorse, and repentance; (c) his inner dialogues—deliberating with self; (d) his mindful detachment, allowing for a purposeful shift to take place, so as to do the right thing; (e) his angst—arising in view of the consequences of his actions—prompting his anticipatory dialogues with the father (a sort of “stress inoculation training” to prepare for the eventual encounter); and (f) his actual decision to enact a purposeful response. The musings derived from such analysis may provide valuable insights into human nature in need of change. The article seeks to integrate biblical-theological insights with psychological principles that can be applied to theoretical and therapeutic endeavors in both disciplines.
    Journal of psychology and theology 03/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: This paper is a response to requests from Christian psychologists for subject-specific class activities that integrate Christianity and psychology. Although Christian/psychology integration is highly valued by many as an overarching pedagogical goal, few examples are available of how to achieve such integration in specific class activities. This paper describes an example of a subject-specific, Christian/psychology integration class activity by utilizing the serenity prayer to teach psychology students about stress management. The activity is described for the purpose of justification and replication. Conclusions and future directions are also discussed.
    Journal of psychology and theology 03/2015; 43(1):3-7.
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    ABSTRACT: The present study focused on evaluating how anger at God may be related to the experience of personal moral transgression. People might view God as partly responsible for their transgressions if they attributed these transgressions to stable personal character traits that could be traced back to the way that they believe they were created by God. Viewing God as responsible for a trait that led to a transgression could lead the individual to feel angry at God. This hypothesis was tested in two studies across three samples. Results from the first study, a scenario-based experiment, supported our hypothesis. When individuals attributed a transgression to a core aspect of self, greater experiences of divine struggle were a likely result. Results from two cross-sectional samples (undergraduates and an adult web sample) revealed similar patterns regarding reallife transgression. Specifically, to the extent that people saw their personal transgressions as resulting from stable character traits, they reported greater anger toward God. This relationship was mediated by the extent to which individuals made negative interpretations of divine intent. In sum, people may experience struggles with the divine in response to their own personal transgressions, particularly when they attribute their transgressions to dispositional aspects of the self.
    Journal of psychology and theology 12/2014; 42(4):315-325.
  • Journal of psychology and theology 12/2014; 42(4):386-386.
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, the authors explored the relationship between adult attachment, church-based small group attachment, psychological functioning, faith maturity, God attachment, and Christian orthodoxy among a sample of Christian adults in Southern California (N = 138). The authors hypothesized that insecure church-based small group attachment would be positively associated with psychological maladjustment and insecure God attachment, and negatively associated with faith maturity and Christian orthodoxy, after controlling for insecure adult attachment. Findings partially supported the proposed hypotheses, revealing a positive association between anxious church-based small group attachment and anxiety-related symptoms, after controlling for anxious adult attachment. Moreover, anxious and avoidant church-based small group attachment was negatively associated with vertical faith maturity, after controlling for anxious and avoidant adult attachment. Finally, anxious and avoidant church-based small group attachment was positively associated with anxious and avoidant God attachment, after controlling for anxious and avoidant adult attachment. Recommendations for future research are provided, as are suggestions for small group leaders to utilize attachment theory to cultivate securely attached small groups within the Christian church.
    Journal of psychology and theology 12/2014; 42(4):343-358.
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    ABSTRACT: This qualitative study examined current member care practices from the perspective of 13 former missionaries using a semi-structured interview. Seven male and six female missionaries, ranging in age from 46 to 76, were asked to share their experiences of serving on the field as well as their experiences of member care practices throughout their missionary life-cycles. Thus, participants shared their experiences of training to work in the field, of serving in the field, of preparing to return to their home country, and of re-entering their home country. The data was analyzed using a grounded theory qualitative coding process. The results of this study identified several important components of effective member care practices: (a) agency attunement to missionary needs, (b) agency provision for missionary needs, (c) invested church partnership, (d) the impact of relationships, (e) missionaries' self-care, and (f) consistency of care across the missionary life-cycle. A discussion of these findings is offered as well as recommendations for improving member care practices among mission-sending agencies, organizations, and churches.
    Journal of psychology and theology 12/2014; 42(4):359-368.
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    ABSTRACT: Theological themes are embedded in many presenting problems, and religious clients may ask counselors to help them understand how their spiritual and/or religious life relates to their problems. Such requests involve the art of theological reflection. This article presents a model for theologically reflective counseling using examples from Wesleyan-holiness theology.
    Journal of psychology and theology 12/2014; 42(4):369-378.
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    ABSTRACT: Human attachment relationships are considered to be foundational to psychological well-being (Fonagy, 1999; Warren, Huston, Egeland, & Sroufe, 1997) and, by extension, attachment to God is often considered foundational to psychological well-being amongst Christian believers (Kirkpatrick, 1999; Miner, 2009). However, studies of psychological need satisfaction by different attachment figures (La Guardia, Ryan, Couchman, & Deci, 2000) suggest that experiences in which basic psychological needs are satisfied are conducive to more secure attachment relationships, and thus, to enhanced psychological well-being. This paper tests two contrasting models of attachment to God, need satisfaction, and well-being: the Attachment Security Primacy Model which holds that attachment security facilitates experiences of psychological need satisfaction and thence increased well-being; and the Need Satisfaction Primacy Model which holds that experiences of psychological need satisfaction facilitate attachment security and thence increased well-being. Using self-report data from 225 Australian Christian participants, Structural Equation Modeling indicated that the Need Satisfaction Primacy Model fit the data better than competing models. Implications for augmenting theories of attachment to God and providing contexts in which people can experience God as meeting basic needs are discussed.
    Journal of psychology and theology 12/2014; 42(4):326-342.
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    ABSTRACT: The safe haven and secure base functions of attachment to God were examined in proposed indirect and conditional effects models. Support for the safe haven function stemmed from significant specific indirect effects between spiritual instability and dispositional humility through lowered differentiation of self, through increased insecure God attachment, and through both increased insecure attachment and lowered differentiation of self. A nonsignificant direct effect was also found. Partial support for the secure base function was observed as realistic acceptance moderated the association between religious exploration and dispositional humility. A significant negative association between exploration and humility was observed at lower levels of realistic acceptance, and the effect became nonsignificant and positive at highest levels of realistic acceptance. Implications for the conceptualization of humility are discussed, with particular attention to the framing of humility as a virtue of self-regulation.
    Journal of psychology and theology 04/2014; 42(1):70-82.
  • Journal of psychology and theology 01/2014; 42(3):293-301.
  • Journal of psychology and theology 01/2014; 42:50-61.