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Keeping (or losing) the faith: Reflections on spiritual struggles and resolution by college seniors.
College Student Affairs Journal (2009)
  • Jodi Fisler, College of William and Mary
  • Holly Agati, College of William and Mary
  • Shannon Chance, College of William and Mary
  • Amie Donahue, College of William and Mary
  • Greg Donahue, College of William and Mary
  • Erik Eickhoff, College of William and Mary
  • Sara Gastler, College of William and Mary
  • Joseph Lowder, College of William and Mary
  • John D. Foubert, Oklahoma State University
Abstract
In this qualitative study, researchers examined how college seniors experienced and resolved spiritual struggles in college. Results indicated that academic activities provided opportunities to question, learn, and grow spiritually. Although a variety of external factors influenced students’ explorations of their spirituality, participants looked inward to resolve their struggles in deeply personal ways. Spiritual struggle was often manifested as a reexamination of students’ pre-college values, an ongoing process for many students. Researchers identified four ways of describing students’ state of resolution: (1) recommitting to an existing faith, (2) slightly readjusting their spiritual or religious values, (3) blending spiritual traditions, or (4) losing their faith.
Keywords
  • Spiritual,
  • Spiritual Development,
  • Spiritual Struggle,
  • College Seniors
Publication Date
2009
Citation Information
Jodi Fisler, Holly Agati, Shannon Chance, Amie Donahue, et al.. "Keeping (or losing) the faith: Reflections on spiritual struggles and resolution by college seniors." College Student Affairs Journal Vol. 27 Iss. 2 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/shannon_chance/5/