ERIC Number: ED295020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Faith Development in the Adult Life Cycle. The Report of a Research Project.
Faith Development in the Adult Life Cycle, Minneapolis, MN.
This report presents findings of a study of a variety of factors relating the processes of aging and faith development among adults. Part I is an overview of the entire study. The introduction (chapter 1) provides its setting. Chapter 2 delineates the project's overall structure and its use of two complementary research designs to gather similar data. Chapter 3 assesses the strengths and weaknesses of each of these designs or modules--a telephone survey administered by the Gallup Organization and indepth, qualitative interviews. Chapter 4 provides an overview of findings, including the following: (1) the dynamics of faith development are the same for men and women; (2) faith development occurs in varying patterns of activity; (3) a definite correlation exists between major life events and changes in faith; (4) faith development and involvement in organized religion are correlated; and (5) faith development and social involvement are correlated. Chapter 5 provides theological reflection upon social science research. Chapter 6 summarizes evaluative comments of participants at regional conferences. Implications for ministry are explored in chapter 7; the postscript looks to the future. Parts II and III of the report provide the scholarly documentation of the project's two research designs. Methodology and findings are presented. Instruments are included. (Each of the three parts of this report are approximately the same length.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Religious Education Association, New Haven, CT.
Authoring Institution: Faith Development in the Adult Life Cycle, Minneapolis, MN.
Note: For related proceedings, see CE 050 210.