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ERIC Number: ED225052
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Faith Development of Selected Adult Couples.
Gorman, Margaret
Theories and studies of adult development are largely confined to adult male career development and ignore a moral or faith dimension of adult development. To determine the faith and moral dimension of adult couples, three hypotheses were examined, i.e.,: (1) religion is a significant dimension in their consciousness; (2) the family is integrally related to their faith development; and (3) their level of faith and moral development correlates with stage four (Individuating Reflexive Faith) of James Fowler's stages of faith. Middle-class couples (N=11) of various religious denominations participated in a 4-hour biographical interview and answered inquires about their chief concerns and joys, religious views, and feelings about prayer and the meaning of life. Quantifiable results were computed according to Fowler's faith stages and Kohlberg's moral stages. Results, in general, confirmed the hypotheses. Religion was a vital dimension in the lives of those interviewed. The findings challenge the cognitive approach to faith suggested by Fowler because the relational and prayer aspect of faith appears to have meaning for the agnostics interviewed as well as the church-affiliated couples. (PAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers: Fowler Stages of Faith; Kohlberg Moral Judgment Interview