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ERIC Number: EJ990705
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1364-436X
My Hero, My Friend: Exploring Honduran Youths' Lived Experience of the God-Individual Relationship
Mitchell, Monique B.; Silver, Christopher F.; Ross, Christopher F. J.
International Journal of Children's Spirituality, v17 n2 p137-151 2012
Extensive social science research has focused on God image and God concept through the lens of attachment theory and the parental relationship. While vast theoretical frameworks exist, the authors suggest that more focused phenomenological research would shed light on adolescent lived experience within experiential descriptive language and provides additional cultural insight into how youth understand and experience God. Twenty-three female Honduran youths in residential care, ages 11 to 19, shared their understanding and experiences of the God-individual relationship using The Lived Experience of the God-Individual Relationship Questionnaire. The study discovered that relationships are complex and evolving between the individual and God. Particularly, the God-individual relationship was found to become more personal and intimate with age. Terms used to describe God's role in one's life vs. identity descriptors differed. Finally, youth saw their relationship with God as different than their peers indicating uniqueness to their perceived experience. The implications of the study relate to perceptions of God and to developmental theory of God relationships. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Honduras