Title

Exploring Social Influences in Diverse Spiritual Exemplars

Publication Date

6-2015

Abstract

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.

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

First Advisor

King, Pamela E.

Document Type

Dissertation

Language

English

Keywords

Teenagers, Religious life, Social capital (Sociology)

Disciplines

Psychology

Comments

Public Access: If you attend a college or university, you may be granted access for free through your school library subscription to ProQuest Theses & Dissertations. Copies may be available for purchase via ProQuest Dissertations Publishing https://dissexpress.proquest.com/search.html

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Embargo Period

11-27-2018

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