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Understanding the meaning-making processes of Hispanic college students in their spiritual and religious development.
Religion and Education (2016)
  • Roland Nunez, Oklahoma State University - Main Campus
  • John D. Foubert
Abstract
This study used narrative inquiry to understand what spirituality
and religiosity meant to Hispanic students attending a large,
Midwestern university in the United States. The study consisted
of interviews with 10 Hispanic students who discussed their
spiritual and religious beliefs from childhood through college.
Findings supported current literature that spirituality increases
and religiosity decreases during college. However, after an
initial decline in religiosity during the first year of college,
participants reported a noteworthy increase shortly after
college began. Secondly, students’ spiritual and religious beliefs
were closely tied to their family, supporting research on familial
centrality in Hispanic culture.
Keywords
  • College,
  • Higher Education,
  • Hispanic students,
  • religion,
  • spirituality
Publication Date
Spring 2016
Citation Information
Roland Nunez and John D. Foubert. "Understanding the meaning-making processes of Hispanic college students in their spiritual and religious development." Religion and Education Vol. 41 Iss. 1 (2016) p. 19 - 40
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/john_foubert/65/