Michele F. Junkin

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  1. Identity Development in the Context of the Faith Community

    Fall 2002 — Pages 29-41

    Adolescence is a crucial time for identity development which unfolds in a supportive, social environment. Historically, the family and cultural community have been the primary contributors to identity formation, but changes in these traditional institutions jeopardize identity formation for today's adolescents. Commitment to ideologies, including occupation, politics, and religion, is also important for personal identity integration. There has been little previous research on the influence of the faith community alone in adolescent identity development. This study examines the relationship of religious involvement, commitment, and motivation to identity status for 206 freshmen students in three Christian colleges. Findings from the study and implications for Christian education are discussed.

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