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Finding God Without Losing Yourself (in press)

Resolving the Conflict with God and Self
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From A Weakspot To A Hotshot (2015)

Life-changing insights on how to live/lead a complete life

Think Up [TMAFRICA Journal] (2013)

The Church in Africa Engaging Plurality


Counted, V., Possamai, A., Meade, T. (in press). Relational Spirituality and Quality of Life 2007 to 2017: An Integrative Research Review. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes

Counted, V. (2018, in press). The Circle of Place Spirituality (CoPS): Towards an attachment and exploration motivational systems approach in the psychology of religion. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion



Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Counted, V. and Miller, J.R. (2017 in press). Pastoral Juxtaposition in Spiritual Care: Toward a caregiving faith theology in an evangelical Christian context.  

Counted, V. and Watts, F. (2017). Place Attachment in the Bible: The role of attachment to sacred places in religious life. Journal of Psychology and Theology 45(3): 218-232. PDF

Counted, V. (2017). Attachment Theory and Religious Violence: Theorizing adult religious psychopathology. Journal for the Study of Religion 30(1): 78-109. PDF

Counted, V. and Moustafa, A.A. (2017). Between God and Self: Exploring the attachment to God and authenticity/inauthenticity tendencies of South African Christian youthsMental Health, Religion & Culture 20(2): 109-127. PDF


Conference Proceedings/Slides/Paper Presentations 

Paper: African Diaspora, Attachment, and Quality of Life in Australia. A presentation at the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific Conference, University of South Australia, Nov. 23-24, 2017. (upcoming)

Paper: Youth, Identity Crisis, and Spirituality. A presentation at the Mental Wellbeing, Neuroscience, and Religion, Bishop Grosseteste University, United Kingdom: Aug. 31 – Sept. 1, 2017. 

Paper: Place Spirituality and Quality of Life in Australia. A presentation at the International Association for the Psychology of Religion Conference, Hamar, Norway: 21 – 25 August 2017. PDF

Paper: Attachment Theory and Religious Violence. A presentation at the UB 4 Summer School on Religion, Peace, and Conflict, University of Groningen, Netherlands: 16 – 19, August 2017. PDF

Paper: Missional Therapy: Towards a Missional Hermeneutic of Care in Youth Work/Ministry. A presentation at the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry Conference, Sydney, Australia: 4-7 January 2017. PDF


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Counted, V. (2016). The Psychology of Youth Faith Formation: A Care-giving Faith? Journal of Youth and Theology, 15(2): 146 – 172. PDF

Counted, V. (2016). Making Sense of Place Attachment: Towards a Holistic Understanding of People-place Relationships and Experiences. Environment, Space, Place, 8(1): 7-32. PDF

Counted, V. (2016). Missionising Youth Identity Crisis: Towards a Missional Hermeneutic of Care in Youth Ministry Practice. Missionalia 44(1): 85–102. PDF 

Counted, V. (2016). Being Authentic is the New Image: A Qualitative Study on the Authenticity Constructions and Self-images of Christian Millennials in Africa. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture, 19(3): 268–294. PDF 

Counted, V. (2016). God as an Attachment Figure: A Case Study of the God Attachment Language and God Concepts of Anxiously Attached Christian Youths in South Africa. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, Vol 18(4): 316-346. PDF

Counted, A.V. & J.O. Arawole (2016). “We Are Connected, But Constrained”: Internet Inequality and the Challenges of Millennials in Africa as Actors in Innovation. Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Vol 5 (3). PDF 


Conference Proceedings/Slides/Papers

Paper: Investigating youth identity crisis and the internal conflict with the divine and self. A paper to be presented in the Youth, health and Practical Justice Conference at the Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Australia – 5 December 2016. PDF

Paper: The Circle of Place Spirituality: A Study of the African Diaspora in the Netherlands. A paper to be presented at The Australian Association for the Study of Religion Annual Conference (26 November, 2016), hosted by the Institute for Religion, Politics, and Society, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Australia. PDF

Paper: Spirituality and Well-being in South African Youths. A paper presented at the Spirituality, Culture, and Well-being Conference at Exclesia College Sydney, Australia (4 – 5 Oct. 2016). PDF

Paper: Place attachment, spirituality, and mental health: A study of the African diaspora in Europe. A poster for the European Conference on Religion, Spirituality and Health at the University of Gdansk, Poland (May 12-14, 2016)

Paper: Patterns of the God-image Functioning: A study of Christian youths in South Africa. A paper presented at the International Association of the Study of Youth Ministry at the Protestant Theological University, Amsterdam, Netherlands. (March 30 – 2nd April, 2016). PDF


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Counted, A.V. (2015). Understanding God images and God concepts: Towards a pastoral hermeneutics of the God attachment experience. Verbum et Ecclesia, 36(1), Art. #1389, 14. PDF

Counted, A.V. (2015). African Women, Religion, and Health: Essays in Honor of Mercy Amba Ewudziwa Oduyoye. Journal of Religion and Health, 55(1): 350–354PDF


Conference Proceedings/Slides/Papers

Lecture: Youth Identity Crisis: God Images and Self Images Lecture presented at the Christian Youth Forum Stellenbosch, April 24, 2015. PDF

Paper: A ‘Just and Loving Gaze’ On Homosexuality and Attachment: The Impact of abandonment conflict on human sexuality. In Conference proceedings: ICGSDS 2015: International Conference on Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies, Malaysia (Feb 12-13, 2015)

Paper: Being Authentic is the New ‘Pieces’: A Mixed Methods Study on Authenticity among African Christian Millennials. In Conference proceedings: ICCPBS 2015: XIII International Conference on Cognitive, Psychological and Behavioral Sciences, Zurich Switzerland (January 13 – 14, 2015)


Conference Paper

Paper: Mission as Connectedness: Digital Natives, Technology and Christian Community Formation in Embodied and Disembodied Spaces. Paper presented at the South African Missiological Society conference at North West University Mafikeng, South Africa – April 13 – 15, 2014. PDF


Journal Article (not peer-reviewed)

Counted, V. (2013). From Mission to Cybermission: The New Change in Missiology and the Implication for the Church in Africa. Think Up: The church in Africa engaging plurality, pp. 211-239. Berlin: TMAJ

Conference Proceeding

Paper: ‘We Are Connected, But Constrained’: Internet Inequality and the Challenges of Millennials in Africa as Actors in Innovation. Paper for the Global Action for Africa’s Development Conference, Pan-African Parliament Johannesburg, 13th – 15th Nov. 2013


Conference Paper

Paper: Youth in Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches and Factors Accounting for their Attraction to Pentecostalism. Paper presented at the 2012 Nigeria Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Centre Conference in Abuja, Nigeria – March 26 – 28, 2012. PDF


Conference Proceeding

Paper: Perspectives on Genomics and the Developing World: The Nigerian Case Study. In conference proceedings of the Human Genome Meeting 2011 – 4th Pan Arab Human Genetics Conference (14th – 17th March 2011)


Conference Paper

Paper: Church in Cyberspace: Thinking in a postmodern style to meet the need of the postmodern man. In conference proceedings of the Church and Missions in a Multi-religious Third Millennium Conference (January 8-10th 2010). Organized by the Centre for Multi-religious Studies, University of Aarhus, Denmark