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Pehr Granqvist

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Personal background
Teaching
Research
Publications
Scientific awards
Selected presentations
Special method education
Editorial board membership and scientific evaluation experience
Media contacts
Private life and personal interests


Personal background

I am currently responsible for the course in Developmental psychology, 7,5 hp, on Psychology I.

Apart from teaching, my work consists of research on a host of topics related to attachment theory.

I got my PhD in psychology at Uppsala University in 2002, on a dissertation which related attachment theory to various aspects of religion. After that, I worked as post-doc, lecturer, and researcher (“forskarassistent”) at the same University. I came to the Department of Psychology at Stockholm University in 2009, as research associate and senior lecturer. I functioned as Director of the PhD program in psychology 2011-2015. I became full Professor in psychology in 2015.


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Teaching

I am currently responsible for the course in Developmental psychology, 7,5 hp, on Psychology I. I also give a variety of lectures on attachment on different courses at the Department.


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Research

Research projects

(1) Attachment and religion

Keywords: attachment behavior, internal working models, religiosity, new age, affect regulation.

The attachment and religion research field is devoted to the study of how the individual's religiousness and spirituality are linked to her/his attachment relationships and experiences. From developmental psychology comes the attachment theoretical foundation. Attachment theory consists both of an evolutionary account of why and how children and their parents form strong affectional bonds to each other, as well as descriptions and hypothesized developmental implications of individual differences in child-parent attachment patterns. Some of the religious phenol mena that have been the subject of inquiry concern changes in religiousness over time, New Age orientation, and different pathways (e.g., religious socialization, distress regulation) supposedly leading to religion. These phenomena are empirically studied in relation to the different attachment patterns postulated by the theory of attachment. We have also focused on the need for methodological improvements and have conducted attachment and religion studies using prospective longitudinal and experimental designs, as well as more indirect, implicit measures of both attachment and religiousness. Moreover, we emphasize a life-span perspective on the development of attachment and religion, focusing on links between the two from early childhood until late adulthood. Apart from the researchers listed below, many bachelor and masters students have been involved in these projects over the years.

Funding provided by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, Alrutz Foundation, The Sasakawa Young Leaders´Fellowship Fund, and the Swedish Research Council.

Collaborative researchers include Anders G. Broberg, Andreas Birgegård, Rosalinda Cassibba, Jane Dickie, Mari Fransson, Berit Hagekull, Tord Ivarsson, Lee Kirkpatrick, Mary Main, Mario Mikulincer, and Phillip Shaver.

(2) The neuroscience of religion

Keywords: sensed presence, temporal lobe, religiosity, new age, mystical experience

The neuroscience of religion is an emerging field where spiritual and religious experiences are studied in relation to neurocognitive processes, including different patterns of brain activation. We have performed a large scale experimental replication and extension of a series of experiments performed in Canada by Dr. Michael Persinger and colleagues, who allegedly found spiritual-like experiences (e.g., sensing a presence of someone who is not physically there) to result from temporal lobe activation. In line with their procedure, we applied weak, complex magnetic fields to participants´ temporal lobes to test whether such experimental effects could be reproduced. In contrast to Persinger and co-workers' experiments, we employed a strict double-blind experimental protocol. We also investigated the potential influence of religiousness, new age orientation, and the propensity towards absorbing mental states on these experiences and their interpretations. Our findings (published in Neuroscience Letters) revealed main-effects of personality parameters indicative of susceptibility to suggestion but no effects from magnetic field application. Apart from the researchers listed below, two students worked on their bachelor and masters theses within this project.

Researchers: Pehr Granqvist, Mats.Fredrikson, Dan Larhammar, Marcus Larsson, and Sven Valind.

(3) Adolescent and Adult Attachment

Keywords: Adult attachment, Adult Attachment Interview, romantic love, emotion regulation

Although attachment theory and research were originally devoted to understanding young children's emotional ties to their primary caregivers, subsequent theory and research have also addressed attachment processes in adolescence and adulthood. This has been done in two different traditions, the first based on linguistic analysis of adults' attachment history narratives primarily regarding attachment to parents (common in developmental psychology), the second based on an analysis of romantic-pair bonds as principal attachment relationships in adulthood (common in social psychology). We have conducted research on adolescent and adult attachment in both traditions, and along three different lines. First, we have studied the prospective transition from parent to peer (most often romantic pair-bond) attachment in adolescence. Second, we have focused on individual differences in adult attachment in relation to a wide variety of emotion-regulation relevant correlates, including eating disorders, drug use and abuse, self-mutilation, and coping. Finally, we study processes of continuity and discontinuity in attachment security from early childhood to young adulthood as part of a long-term longitudinal project on socioemotional development. In this latter project we also investigate the roles of life-events and temperament as potential moderators of attachment-related continuity-discontinuity.

Funding provided by the Swedish Research Council and the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation.

Researchers: Pehr Granqvist, Mari Fransson, Berit Hagekull, Gunilla Bohlin, Wolfgang Friedlmeier.

(4) Attachment in children of mothers with an intellectual disability

Keywords: Attachment, parenting, intellectual disability, risk factors, protective factors

Our aim with this project is to gain knowledge about attachment among children with mothers who have an intellectual disability (ID). As several external risk factors have been found to be overrepresented among mothers with ID, the project also focuses on potential risk- and protective factors for their children's development. Despite the fact that parental ID has gained a lot of attention and has been a source of considerable controversy, no previously published study has examined attachment among children of these parents.

This project is undertaken in collaboration with FUB (Föreningen för utvecklingsstörda barn, ungdomar och vuxna), Stockholm Public Health Care Center, and the child and adult habilitation centres at Uppsala läns landsting.

Funding provided by FAS (Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research).

Researchers and collaborators: Pehr Granqvist, Mari Fransson, Lene Lindberg, Kerstin Andersson, Lydia Springer, Lena Palm Samuelsdotter, and Tommie Forslund.


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Publications

PhD Dissertation

Granqvist, P. (2002). Attachment and religion: An integrative developmental framework. Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis. Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Social Sciences, 116.

Publications in international peer-review journals

Granqvist, P. (in press). Observations of Disorganized Behaviour Yield No Magic Wand: Response to Shemmings. Attachment & Human Development. Fulltext (PDF).

Granqvist, P., Hesse, E., Fransson, M., Main, M., Hagekull, B., & Bohlin, G. (Advance online publication). Prior participation in the strange situation and overstress jointly facilitate disorganized behaviours: Implications for theory, research and practice. Attachment & Human Development. DOI: 10.1080/14616734.2016.1151061. Fulltext (PDF).

Forslund, T., Brocki, K., Bohlin, G., Granqvist, P., & Eninger, L. (Advance online publication). The heterogeneity of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms and conduct problems: Cognitive inhibition, emotion regulation, emotionality, and disorganized attachment. British Journal of Developmental Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/bjdp.12136.

Fransson, M., Granqvist, P., Marciszko, C., Hagekull , B., & Bohlin, G. (2016). Is middle childhood attachment related to social functioning in young adulthood? Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 57(2), 108-116. DOI: 10.1111/sjop.12276

Ivarsson, T., Saavedra, F., Granqvist, P., & Broberg, A.G. (2016). Traumatic and adverse attachment childhood experiences are not characteristic of OCD but with depression in adolescents. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 47, 270-280.

Granqvist, P. (2014). Mental health and religion from an attachment viewpoint: Overview with implications for future research. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 17, 777-793.

Granqvist, P., & Moström, J. (2014). There are plenty of atheists in foxholes - In Sweden. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 36, 199-213.

Granqvist, P., Forslund, T., Fransson, M., Springer, L., & Lindberg, L. (2014). Mothers with intellectual disability, their experiences of maltreatment and their children's attachment representations: A small-group matched comparison study. Attachment & Human Development, 16, 417-436.

Granqvist, P., Broberg, A.G., & Hagekull, B. (2014). Attachment, religiousness, and distress among the religious and spiritual: Links between religious syncretism and compensation. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 17, 726-740.

Granqvist, P. (2014). Religion and cognitive, emotional, and social development. In V. Saroglou (Ed.), Religion, Personality, and Social Psychology (pp. 283-312). New York, NY: Psychology Press.

Cassibba, R., Papagna, S., Calabrese, M.T., Costantino, E., Paterno, L., & Granqvist, P. (2014). The role of attachment to God in secular and religious/spiritual ways of coping with a serious disease. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 17, 252-261.

Granqvist, P., Forslund, T., Fransson, M., Springer, L., & Lindberg, L. (2014). Anknytning hos barn till mödrar med intellektuella funktionshinder: Om vanvård i dubbla bemärkelser, del II. Psykisk Hälsa, 55, 68-73. [Fulltext, PDF]

Granqvist, P., Forslund, T., Fransson, M., Springer, L., & Lindberg, L. (2013). Anknytning hos barn till mödrar med intellektuella funktionshinder: Om vanvård i dubbla bemärkelser. Psykisk Hälsa, 54, 64-71. [Fulltext, PDF]

Fransson, M., Granqvist, P., Bohlin, G., & Hagekull, B. (2013). Interlinkages between attachment and the five factor model of personality in middle childhood and early adulthood: A longitudinal approach. Attachment and Human Development, 15.

Cassibba, R., Granqvist, P., & Costantini, A. (2013). Mothers' attachment security predicts their children's sense of God's closeness. Attachment and Human Development, 15, 51-64.

Granqvist, P., Mikulincer, M., Gewirtz, V., & Shaver, P.R. (2012). Experimental findings on God as an attachment figure - Normative processes and moderating effects of internal working models. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 804-818. [Fulltext, PDF]

Granqvist, P. (2012). Introduction to the special issue: Advancements in the study of attachment and religion/spirituality. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 22, 173-179.

Granqvist, P., Hagekull, B., & Ivarsson, T. (2012). Disorganized attachment promotes mystical experiences via a propensity for alterations in consciousness (Absorption). The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 22, 180-197.

Ivarsson, T., Granqvist, P., Broberg, A.G., & Gillberg, C. (2010). Attachment States of Mind in Adolescents with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and/or Depressive Disorders: a controlled study. European Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 19, 845-853.

Granqvist, P. (2010). Religion as attachment: The Godin award lecture. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 32, 5-24. [Fulltext, PDF]

Granqvist, P., Mikulincer, M., & Shaver, P.R. (2010). Religion as attachment: Normative processes and individual differences. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 14, 49-59. [Fulltext, PDF]

Granqvist, P., Fransson, M., & Hagekull, B. (2009). Disorganized Attachment, Absorption, and New Age Spirituality - A Mediational Model. Attachment and Human Development, 11, 385-403. [Fulltext, PDF]

Cassibba, R., Granqvist, P., Costantini, A., & Gatto, S. (2008). Attachment and God representations among lay Catholics, priests, and religious: A matched comparison study based on the Adult Attachment Interview. Developmental Psychology, 44, 1753-1763. [Fulltext, PDF]

Granqvist, P., Ivarsson, T., Broberg, A.G., & Hagekull, B. (2007). Examining relations between attachment, religiosity, and New Age spirituality using the Adult Attachment Interview. Developmental Psychology, 43, 590-601. [Fulltext, PDF]

Granqvist, P., Ljungdahl, C., & Dickie, J.R. (2007). God is nowhere, God is now here: Attachment activation, security of attachment (SAT), and God proximity among 5-7 year-old children. Attachment and Human Development, 9, 55-71. [Fulltext, PDF]

Granqvist, P., & Larsson, M. (2006). Contribution of religiousness in the prediction and interpretation of mystical experiences - activation of religious schemas. Journal of Psychology, 140, 319-327.

Friedlmeier, W., & Granqvist, P. (2006). Attachment transfer among German and Swedish adolescents: A prospective longitudinal study. Personal Relationships, 13, 261-279.

Granqvist, P. (2006). In the interest of intellectual humility: A rejoinder to Rizzuto and Wulff. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 16, 37-49.

Granqvist, P. (2006). On the relation between secular and divine relationships: An emerging attachment perspective and a critique of the depth approaches. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 16, 1-18. [Fulltext, PDF]

Larsson, M., Larhammar, D., Fredrikson, M., & Granqvist, P. (2005). Reply to M.A. Persinger and S. A. Koren's response to Granqvist et al. “Sensed presence and mystical experiences are predicted by suggestibility, not by the application of transcranial weak magnetic fields”. Neuroscience Letters, 380, 348-350.

Granqvist, P., Fredrikson, M., Unge, P., Hagenfeldt, A, Valind, S, Larhammar, D., & Larsson, M. (2005). Sensed presence and mystical experiences are predicted by suggestibility, not by the application of weak complex transcranial magnetic fields. Neuroscience Letters, 379, 1-6. [Fulltext, PDF]

Granqvist, P. (2005). Building a bridge between attachment and religious coping: Tests of moderators and mediators. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 8, 35-47.

Granqvist, P., & Kirkpatrick, L.A. (2004). Religious conversion and perceived childhood attachment: A meta-analysis. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 14, 223-250. [Fulltext, PDF]

Birgegard, A., & Granqvist, P. (2004). The correspondence between attachment to parents and God: Three experiments using subliminal separation cues. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 1122-1135. [Fulltext, PDF]

Granqvist, P. (2003). Attachment theory and religious conversions: A review and a resolution of the classic and contemporary paradigm chasm. Review of Religious Research, 45, 172-187.

Granqvist, P., & Hagekull, B. (2003). Longitudinal predictions of religious change in adolescence: Contributions from the interaction of attachment and relationship status. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 20, 793-817.

Granqvist, P. (2002). Attachment and religiosity in adolescence: Cross-sectional and longitudinal evaluations. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28, 260-270.

Granqvist, P., Lantto, S., Ortiz, L., & Andersson, G. (2001). Adult attachment, tinnitus-related problems, and perceived family support among clinical tinnitus patients. Psychology and Health., 16, 357-366.

Granqvist, P., & Hagekull, B. (2001). Seeking security in the new age: On attachment and emotional compensation. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 40, 529-547. [Fulltext, PDF]

Granqvist, P., & Hagekull, B. (2000). Religiosity, adult attachment, and why "singles" are more religious. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 10, 111-123.

Granqvist, P., & Hagekull, B. (1999). Religiousness and perceived childhood attachment: Profiling socialized correspondence and emotional compensation. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 38, 254-273. [Fulltext, PDF]

Granqvist, P. (1998). Religiousness and perceived childhood attachment: On the question of compensation or correspondence. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 37, 350-367.

Book chapters in international edited scientific handbooks, proceedings, and other scientific publications

Granqvist, P. (in press). Religion and cognitive, emotional, and social development. Invited chapter contribution submitted to V. Saroglou (Ed.), Religion, Personality, and Social Psychology. Psychology Press.

Richert, R., & Granqvist, P. (in press). Religious development: in childhood. In R. Paloutzian & C. Park (Eds.), The Psychology of Religion: A Multidisciplinary approach. NY: Guilford.

Granqvist, P., & Kirkpatrick, L.A. (2016). Attachment and religious representations and behavior. In J. Cassidy & P.R. Shaver (Eds.), Handbook of attachment: Theory, research, and clinical applications (3rd ed.), pp. 856-878. New York, NY: Guilford.

Granqvist, P. (2016). Attachment, emotion, and religion. In M. Fuller, D. Evers, A. Runehov, & K.-W. Saether (Eds.), Issues in Science and Theology. Do Emotions Shape the World? (Ch. 1). Springer International Publishing AG.

Granqvist, P., & Kirkpatrick, L.A. (2013). Religion, spirituality, and attachment. In K. Pargament (Ed.), APA Handbook for the psychology of religion and spirituality (Vol 1): Context, theory, and research (pp. 129-155). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

Granqvist, P. (2012). Attachment and religious development in adolescence: The implications of culture. In G. Trommsdorff & X. Chen (Eds.), Values, religion, and culture in adolescent development (pp. 315-340). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Granqvist, P., Reijman, S., & Cardeña, E. (2011). Altered consciousness and human development. In E. Cardena & M. Winkelman (Eds.), Altering consciousness: A multidisciplinary perspective (pp. 211-234). Praeger.

Granqvist, P. (in press). The study of attachment in the psychology of religion. In D. Wulff (Ed.), Handbook for the psychology of religion. Oxford University Press.

Granqvist, P. (2009). La religione dal punto di vista della teoria e della ricerca sull'attaccamento: una panoramica con enfasi sulle attuali tendenze. [Religion från ett anknytningsteoretiskt perspektiv: En översikt med betoning på nya inriktningar.] I Psicologia della religione e teoria dell'attacamento (sid. 29-44). Rom, Italien: Aracne.

Granqvist, P., & Kirkpatrick, L.A. (2008). Attachment and religious representations and behavior. I J. Cassidy & P.R. Shaver (Eds.), Handbook of attachment: Theory, research, and clinical applications. (2:a utgåvan.) (sid. 906-933). New York: Guilford. [Fulltext, PDF]

Farias, M., & Granqvist, P. (2007). The psychology of the New Age. I D. Kemp (Red.), Handbook of New Age (sid. 123-150). Leiden: Brill.

Granqvist, P. (2006). Tilknytningsteori i relation til Allports ”psychology by religion” og et review af svensk tilknytnings- og religionsforskning: En kommentar til Tønnesvang. I J. Tonnesvang & P. Bertelsen (Red.), Religiøsitet og selvpsykologi (sid. 125-142). Århus, Dk: Klim.

Granqvist, P. (2006). Religion as a by-product of evolved psychology: The case of attachment, and implications for brain and religion research. In P. McNamara & E. Harris (Red.), Where God and Science Meet: How brain and evolutionary studies alter our understanding of religion (Vol 2: The neurology of religious experience) (sid.105-150) . Praeger Perspectives imprint, Greenwood Publishers, Westport, CT.

Granqvist, P., & Dickie, J.R. (2006). Attachment theory and spiritual development in childhood and adolescence. I P.L. Benson, E.C. Roehlkepartain, P.E. King & L. Wageners (Red.) The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence (sid. 197-210). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Granqvist, P. (2005). Attachment theory in relation to Allport's psychology by religion, and a review of Swedish attachment and religion research: A commentary to Tønnesvang. Bulletin fra Antropologisk Psykologi, 16, 95-109.

Granqvist, P. (2004). Tryggare kan ingen vara: Ett svar på Peter La Cours kritik av anknytning och religiositet. Psyke og logos, 25, 379-391.

Books/Pedagogical publications

Broberg, A.G., Mothander, P., Granqvist, P., & Ivarsson, T. (2008). Anknytning i praktiken: Tillämpningar av anknytningsteorin. Stockholm: Natur & Kultur. (Översatt och distribuerad i Danmark.)

Broberg, A.G., Granqvist, P., Ivarsson, T., & Mothander, P. (2006). Anknytningsteori: Betydelsen av nära känslomässiga relationer. Stockholm: Natur & Kultur. (Översatt och distribuerad i Danmark.)


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Scientific awards

Recipient of the Godin Prize, awarded by the International Association for the Psychology of Religion, 2009.

Recipient of the Margret Gorman early academic achievement award by the American Psychological Association, Division 36 (Psychology of Religion), 2010.


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Selected presentations at international scientific congresses

Plenary lectures and keynote addresses

Granqvist, P. (2014). Introduction to attachment theory and research: The study of attachment in the psychology of religion: Attachment, religion, and mental health and unhealth. Main speaker at Fagkonferanse i religionspsykologi - Tilknytningsteori: Psykologiske og religionspsykologiske perspektiver, Biri, Norge, October 20-21.

Granqvist, P. (2014). Attachment, emotion, and religion. Plenary lecture at the European Conference on Science and Theology XV, Assissi, Italy, May 01-04.

Granqvist, P. (2012). The study of attachment in the psychology of religion. Keynote address at Attachment and Religion in Schizophrenia. Conference at the medical faculty, University of Geneva, Lausanne, Switzerland, May 16.

Granqvist, P. (2012). Attachment, spirituality, and mental health. Plenary lecture at the European Conference on Spirituality, Religion and Health, Bern, Switzerland, May 17-19.

Granqvist, P. (2010). Margret Gorman award presentation: Religion as Attachment. Keynote address to be held at the 118th th American Psychological Association meeting, San Diego, CA, August 12-15.

Granqvist, P. (2009). Godin Prize presentation: Religion as Attachment. “Plenary lecture” at the 2009 International Association for the Psychology of Religion Congress, Vienna, Austria, August, 23-27.

Granqvist, P. (2007). Religion from the perspective of attachment theory and research: An overview with emphasis on current directions. “Keynote address” at 11_ Congresso Internazionale: Attaccamento E Religione, Societá Italiana di Psicologia della Religione, Milano, Italien, juni, 29-30.

Granqvist, P. (2006). Attachment and religion over the life-span. “Plenary lecture” at the 2006 International Association for the Psychology of Religion Congress, Leuven, Belgium, August, 27-31.

Symposia and poster presentations

Granqvist, P., Hesse, E., Fransson, M., Main, M., Hagekull, B., & Bohlin, G. (2015). Don't try this at home! Possible pseudo-disorganization in the strange situation: Findings from the Uppsala Longitudinal Study. Symposium presentation at the International Attachment Conference, New York City, NY, August 6-9.

Granqvist, P. (2015). The Representation of God in relation to Self Interview (RGSI): A move to the level of representation in the attachment-religion connection. 1st "Gods in minds" workshop, John Templeton Foundation, La Jolla, CA, January 7-9.

Granqvist, P. (2014). Religion as attachment, with emphasis on the Representation of God in relation to Self Interview (RGSI). 1st Nordic Attachment Network meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 27.

Granqvist, P. (2014). Why the study of attachment in intellectual disability populations? Invited contribution to the roundtable session "Pushing the frontiers of knowledge: Is there anything so practical as a good theory?" International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSID) Meeting, Vienna, Austria, July 15.

Forslund, T., Fransson, M., Springer, L., Lindberg, L., & Granqvist, P. (2014). The role of intelligence and experience of maltreatment for child attachment and maternal sensitivity in the context of maternal intellectual disability: A small-group matched comparison study. Symposium contribution at the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSID) Meeting, Vienna, Austria, July 15.

Forslund, T., Springer, L., Fransson, M., Lindberg, L., & Granqvist, P. (2013). Mothers with intellectual disability, experiences of abuse/maltreatment and their children's attachment representations: A matched comparison study. Symposium contribution at the European Congress of Psychology (ECP), Stockholm, Sweden, July 9-12, and the International Attachment Conference (IAC), Pavia, Italy, August 30-31.

Forslund, T., Springer, L., Fransson, M., Lindberg, L., & Granqvist, P. (2013). Mothers with Intellectual Disability, History of Abuse, Sensitivity to Child Signals, and their Children's Attachment: A Matched Comparison Study. Symposium contribution at the 9th Congress of the European Association for Mental Health in Intellectual Disability, Estoril, Portugal, September 12-14.

Cassibba, R., Granqvist, P., & Costantini, A. (2011). Maternal Security on the Adult Attachment Interview Predicts their Children’s Perceptions of God’s Closeness. Accepted for presentation at the 5th International Attachment Conference, Oslo, Norway, August 19-21, and the 2011 International Association for the Psychology of Religion Congress, Bari, Italy, August, 21-25.

Granqvist, P. (2011a). Indiscriminate spirituality as an exemplar of compensation: A study based on the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI). Accepted for presentation at the 5th International Attachment Conference, Oslo, Norway, August 19-21, and the 2011 International Association for the Psychology of Religion Congress, Bari, Italy, August, 21-25.

Mikulincer, M., Gurwitz, V., Shaver, P.R., & Granqvist, P. (2011). Attachment Security and the Use of God as a Safe Haven: New Experimental Findings. Accepted for presentation at the 5th International Attachment Conference, Oslo, Norway, August 19-21, and the 2011 International Association for the Psychology of Religion Congress, Bari, Italy, August, 21-25.

Granqvist, P. (2011 b). Finding funding for research in the psychology of religion. Invited panel contribution, the 2011 International Association for the Psychology of Religion Congress, Bari, Italy, August, 21-25.

Granqvist, P. (2011 c). Disorganized attachment, absorption, and altered spiritual states. Invited workshop contribution to the workshop “Alterations in consciousness”, Centre for the study of Conssciousness Congress, Stockholm, Sweden, May.

Granqvist, P. (2010 a). Attachment, prayer, and well-being: A longitudinal study. Invited symposium contribution to the Conference on Research in Faith and Health in Secular Society. University of Sothern Denmark, Odense, May 17-19.

Granqvist, P. (2010 b). Attachment and religious development in adolescence. Invited symposium contribution to the Jacobs Foundation Conference 2010: “The role of values and religion in youth development – A culture-informed perspective”. Schloss, Marbach, Germany, April 28-30.

Granqvist, P. (2009). Disorganized attachment, dissociation, and mystical experiences. Symposiumbidrag vid the 2009 International Association for the Psychology of Religion Congress, Wien, Österrike, Augusti, 23-27.

Cassibba, R., Granqvist, P., Costantini, A., & Gatto, S. (2009). Attachment and God representations among lay Catholics, priests, and religious: A matched comparison study based on the Adult Attachment Interview. Symposiumbidrag vid the 2009 International Association for the Psychology of Religion Congress, Wien, Österrike, Augusti, 23-27.

Granqvist, P., Springer, L., Bergman, S., Lindberg, L., & Andersson, K. (2007). Attachment to intellectually disabled mothers: A matched comparison study. Presentation vid the 2007 Nordic Network on Disability Research meeting, Göteborg, Maj, 10-12.

Granqvist, P. (2007). Prospective links between disorganized attachment, absorption, and New Age spirituality. Symposiumbidrag vid the 115th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA, USA, Augusti, 17-20.

Ivarsson, T., Granqvist, P., Broberg, A.G., & Gillberg, C. (2007). Attachment internal working models in adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depressive disorder (DD), OCD plus DD, and in adolescents from the general population. Poster presenterad vid 54th Annual Congress of the American Academy for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Boston, USA, october, 23-28.

Birgegard, A., & Granqvist, P. (2004). God has forsaken me and mommy is gone: Three experiments on the correspondence between attachment to parents and God. Symposiumbidrag vid 5th Annual Conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX, USA, Jan, 29-31.

Granqvist, P. (2004). Attachment theory and religion: Normative aspects and individual differences. Symposiumbidrag vid the 5th Annual Conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX, USA, Jan 29-31.

Granqvist, P. (2003 a). Insecurity of attachment and the New Age Orientation Scale (NAOS). Inbjudet symposiumbidrag vid Ist Conference on Alternative Religion and New Age Studies, Milton Keynes, England, May 29-31.

Granqvist, P. (2003 b). Attachment and Religion: The Development of an Attachment to God Interview (AGI). Symposiumbidrag vid the Xlth European Conference on Developmental Psychology, 27-31 August, Milano, Italien.

Granqvist, P. (2003 c). Seeking Security but Failing to Find it: Insecure attachment and New Age Orientation. Symposiumbidrag vid the Xlth European Conference on Developmental Psychology, 27-31 Augusti, Milano, Italien.

Friedlmeier, W., & Granqvist, P. (2001). Attachment transfer among Swedish and German adolescents. Symposium contribution at the Xth European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Uppsala, Sweden, August.

Granqvist, P. (2001 a). Religiosity and anxious attachment: In search of security. Invited symposium contribution at the VIIth European Congress of Psychology, London, England, July.

Granqvist, P. (2001 b). Religiosity and insecure attachment: In search of security. Symposium contribution at the Xth European Conference on Developmental Psychology, 22-26 augusti, Uppsala, Sverige.

Granqvist, P., & Friedlmeier, W. (2001). Attachment organization and transfer among Swedish and German adolescents: Cross-sectional and longitudinal evaluations. Symposium contribution at the Xth European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Uppsala, Sweden, July.

Granqvist, P., & Hagekull, B. (2000). Attachment representations and religiosity in adolesecents: Report from a longitudinal project. Poster presented at the 27th International Congress of Psychology, Stockholm, Sweden, July.

Granqvist, P., & Kirkpatrick, L.A. (2000). Sudden religious conversion and perceived childhood attachment: A review and reanalysis. Manuscript presented at the VIIIth Symposium for European Psychologists of Religion, Sigtuna, Sweden, July.


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Special method education

Trained coder of Frightened/Frightening parenting behaviors, University of California, Berkeley, Spring 2004.

Trained coder of the “Strange Situation Procedure”, University of Minnesota, Summer 2004.

Certified coder of ”the Separation Anxiety test”, University of California, Berkeley, Fall 2001.

Certified coder of ”the Adult Attachment Interview” (AAI) at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, 1999.

Certified coder of the ”Preschool Assessment of Attachment” at Helsinki University, Finland, 1998.


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Editorial board membership and scientific evaluation experience

I am on the Editorial board of the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion and Archives for the Psychology of Religion.

Ad-hoc reviewer for the following journals (among others):


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Media contacts

I have been interviewed by the following papers, channels, and stations, among others:


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Private life and personal interests

I live on Södermalm with Emma (journalist) and our three daughters, Stella, Alba and Blanka.

In my spare time, I like to be with my family, cook and dine, drink wine, watch movies, and listen to music, which I eat across most of the line. Som long-standing and current favourites include the Birthday party, the Fall, the National, Sonic youth, the Stooges, the Velvet underground, Woods, and many acts known as Kraut.


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