Christian Vocation: Defining Relations with Identity Status, College Adjustment, and Spirituality

Volume
Volume 36
Issue
Summer 2008
Title
Christian Vocation: Defining Relations with Identity Status, College Adjustment, and Spirituality
Abstract

A great deal of growth takes place during the college years. Christian college students may be involved in exploring their spirituality and in finding what God is calling them to do, their vocation, as well as in identity development. In this study one hundred twenty-eight women and sixty-three men (M age = 20.3 years, SD = 1.7) from a Christian liberal arts college were surveyed. In general, identity development and greater understanding of Christian vocation were related; achieved identity statuses were positively correlated with a greater understanding of Christian vocation and diffused statuses were negatively correlated with an understanding of Christian vocation. Students who better understood their vocation also showed better adjustment to college. Greater spiritual vitality and commitment and secure spiritual attachment were related to greater understanding of vocation. Preoccupied spiritual attachment was negatively correlated with understanding vocation. Limitations and suggestions for further research are discussed.

Authors
Dr. J.S. Feenstra and A.M. Brouwer
Pages
83 - 93
Price
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