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ERIC Number: ED444040
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Pages: 22
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Career Development and Spirituality in AME Church Women.
Wright, Doris J.
Career literature is limited in its theoretical and practical understanding about the role that spirituality plays in career development and career choices. African Methodist Episcopal Church women were surveyed about their spirituality and its role in their career choices in a pilot naturalistic study. The purpose of the study was to discover how the women defined spirituality and how they later used it to effect career decisions. Results show that four beliefs were found among the participants: spirituality influences career decisions; spirituality influences interactions with others; spirituality increases awareness of self; and prayer is a useful tool when making career decisions. Implications of these findings for career development research are identified, including how best to integrate prayer into the career planning and decision making process. Career development specialists must borrow insights from multiculturalism and learn to accept more than one relational view of career choice. Career development specialists and researchers who are not trained sufficiently about the convergence of spirituality and career development run the risk of ignoring a significant support system for their clients. Graduate training programs are encouraged to ensure that this multicultural element of spirituality is valued, respected, and nurtured so that future career professionals are prepared to address spirituality responsibly and ethically. (MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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