APA advances in clinical research on God representations
In this presentation, we focus on quantitative and qualitative characteristics of God representations of patients with different psychiatric diagnoses. How are cognitions and emotions in relationship to God/ the divine associated with different forms of psychopathology? Which themes seem to dominate the God representations of those with various mental health problems? What are predictors of supportive and distressing God representations, and which mediating mechanisms play a part?
An overview of different empirical studies among Dutch participants during the past two decades is given in the context of international research findings. In addition, attention is paid to methodological issues. How do specific methodologies, such as experience sampling methods or network analyses, have added valued for scientific research and clinical practice, and what will be the methodological goals and challenges for the coming years in the field of clinical psychology of religion?