A Course in Religious Community and its Effects on Self-Concept

Volume
Volume 9
Issue
Winter 1981
Title
A Course in Religious Community and its Effects on Self-Concept
Abstract

The present study investigated the effects of a course in religious community on the self-concept of college students. The experimental group (n=10) participated in a four week minimester course entitled "€œExperiences in Christian Community."€ In addition to classroom instruction, this course contained a seven-day off-campus religious community experience involving encounter group sessions, group discussions, prayer sessions, recreation, and household tasks. Students in the control group (n=9) concurrently attended the course, "€œBiology and Science Fiction."€ Tennessee Self Concept Scale results indicated that the experimental group showed significant increases from the beginning to the end of the course in the following self-concept scores: Moral-Ethical (p<.013), Identity (p<.015), and Total P (p<.012). These results suggest that a course involving experiences in religious community can facilitate a positive change in the self-concept of college students.

Authors
M. Galligan-Stierle, Dr. H.M. Rapp and R.J. Morris
Pages
359 - 363
Price
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