How and Why Environmental and Religious Attachment Matters for Quality of Life



This chapter waves into focus the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of place and religious attachment in relation to health promotion and quality of life. Hence, the nature of the complex links between religion, place and health are discussed while summarising recent empirical findings on the topic. We discussed how adult attachment processes affect quality of life by drawing on the social referencing and competence theories. We further examined why these attachment relationships are important for health promotion given the advantage for psychological adjustment, emotion regulation, engagement with prosocial behaviour, positive sense of identity and public health promotion. Lastly, further studies and implications of adult attachment experiences are carefully discussed.


Environmental attachment Religious attachment Quality of life Social referencing behaviour Social competence Emotion-regulation Psychological adjustment 


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