Religious Adolescents' Views of Success and Spirituality

Jennifer Menon Mariano, Robert W. Roeser, Paula Taylor Greathouse, Sonia S.Issac Koshy

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Two hundred forty-four adolescents and emerging adults responded to open-ended survey questions examining their views of success and spirituality. Success was more frequently identified with knowledge and wisdom, moral virtues, a sense of purpose and motivation, and social virtues such as participation in community activities and the ability to contribute to positive relationships. Spirituality was most frequently associated with the process and outcomes of spiritual practices (i.e., prayer and meditation), having a sense of faith, and feeling connected to something greater than the self. Implications for further analysis and measurement are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThriving and Spirituality Among Youth
Subtitle of host publicationResearch Perspectives and Future Possibilities
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780470948309
StatePublished - Aug 25 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


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