Review of Religious Research

, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 343–364 | Cite as

Attachment to God, Vocational Calling, and Worker Contentment

  • Blake Victor KentEmail author
  • Matt Bradshaw
  • Kevin D. Dougherty
Original Paper


Existing organizational research overlooks divine attachment as a “personal characteristic” relevant to work. We argue that secure attachment to God as an internal working model can function as a “secure base” from which individuals form meaningful attachments to their workplace and work position. We further hypothesize that a sense of vocational calling (i.e., a belief that God calls individuals to particular work settings or jobs) will mediate the relationship between secure God attachment and positive work attitudes. We test these hypotheses by analyzing data from the Baylor Religion Survey 2010, a random sample of US adults. Findings demonstrate that secure attachment to God positively relates to affective organizational commitment and job satisfaction. As hypothesized, vocational calling also mediates a large proportion of these relationships. Implications of our findings are discussed in conclusion.


Attachment to God Job satisfaction Workplace organizational commitment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Blake Victor Kent
    • 1
    Email author
  • Matt Bradshaw
    • 1
  • Kevin D. Dougherty
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyBaylor UniversityWacoUSA

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