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ERIC Number: EJ1108425
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0897-5264
Examining the Role of the Catholic Environment in Students' Search for Meaning
Jessup-Anger, Jody; Dooley, Jonathan C.; Leih, Rachel; Mueller, Elizabeth; Dean, Kathleen Lis
Journal of College Student Development, v57 n5 p522-537 Jul 2016
Emerging research illustrates that undergraduate students are searching for meaning in their lives, yet postsecondary institutions generally do little to support them in exploring such issues (Astin et al., 2005b). We speculated that religiously affiliated institutions might offer guidance on supporting students' spiritual development, and thus examined students in the context of Catholic postsecondary environments, focusing on whether the students' religious affiliations and perceptions of their institution as supporting their spiritual development affected their search for meaning. Further, we examined the aspects of the environment that strengthened students' perceptions of their college environment as closely aligned with the Catholic mission, and thus supportive of their spiritual development. We discuss implications for secular and religious institutions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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