Exploring Social Influences in Diverse Spiritual Exemplars
The current literature reveals that although parents, peers, and mentors are potentially important influences on adolescent religious and spiritual development (RSD), the nature and salience of these influences are unclear. The investigator of the current study employed an exemplar research design coupled with a qualitative content analysis in order to gain clarity on the social influences affecting adolescent RSD. The sample included interviews of 28 adolescents from a previous study of spiritual exemplars (King, Clardy, & Ramos, 2014) aged 12 to 21 years old (M = 17.73 years) from six countries and eight different religious perspectives, who were nominated for living profoundly spiritual lives. Analysis revealed that 96% of participants reported multiple relational influences on their RSD and that these persons impacted their RSD through various mechanisms such as teaching and encouragement. Social capital is proposed as a conceptual framework to understand the complexity of these influences.
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
King, Pamela E.
Teenagers, Religious life, Social capital (Sociology)