A Longitudinal Study of Moral, and Identity development in a Christian Liberal Arts Environment

Volume
Volume 27
Issue
Spring 1999
Title
A Longitudinal Study of Moral, and Identity development in a Christian Liberal Arts Environment
Abstract

Moral, religious, and identity development were assessed in a longitudinal study by sampling students enrolled at a Christian liberal arts college during their first semester, and again 31/2 years later. Those who continued enrollment to their senior year (persisters) were found to make greater gains in moral reasoning and greater movement toward identity achievement than those who did not continue enrollment (nonpersisters). Persisters were also found to decline significantly in religious well-being, particularly females, and extrinsic religiosity, while not changing in Shepherd scores or in intrinsic religiosity. Nonpersisters were found to increase significantly in intrinsic religiosity. Significant differences were found between students of different identity statuses in moral reasoning and religiosity. Results also indicate that identity status interacts with development of moral reasoning and religiosity, with those at the identity achievement or moratorium level gaining the most in moral reasoning and showing more positive changes in religiosity.

Authors
Dr. J.D. Foster and Dr. B. LaForce
Pages
52 - 68
Price
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