Identity development in SDA adolescents and young adults

Title:  Identity development in SDA adolescents and young adults 

Faculty Member(s):  Tevni Grajales, PhD 

Keywords: Identity styles, faith development, spiritual identity

Areas: Religious education, human development, family life

Summary
The purpose of this study is to develop a theoretical model to explain how SDA  born people advance from beliefs and values of one’s parent towards self-chosen ideologies as they develop their identity and their faith. Do first generation and third generation SDAs differs in their faith identity and if so, what are the related factors? What are the characteristics that discriminate between the SDA third generation that stay related to the church and those who depart from the church. 

References:  (Click on article to review)

Gebelt, J. L., Thompson, S. K., and Miele, K. A. (2009). Identity style and spirituality in a collegiate context. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 9:219-232

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Streib, H. (2005). Faith development research revisited: Accounting for diversity in structure, content, and narrativity of faith. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 15 (2), 99 – 121

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Fowler, J. (1981). Stages of faith: The psychology of human development and the quest for meaning. San Francisco: Harper

Fowler, J. (1996). Faithful change: The personal and public challenges of postmodern life.  Nashville,TN: Abingdon Press

Gibbs, J. C. (2003). Moral development and reality: Beyond the theories of Kohlberg and Hoffman.Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

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