An Analysis of the Relationship between Adolescent Spiritual Development and Father Involvement

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An Analysis of the Relationship between Adolescent Spiritual Development and Father Involvement

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Title: An Analysis of the Relationship between Adolescent Spiritual Development and Father Involvement
Author: Parker, Andrew
Advisor: Jones, Timothy P.
Abstract: The research study was an examination of the correlation between father

involvement and the spiritual development of adolescents. Father involvement was

assessed based on the adolescent's perception in twenty domains of fatherhood. Eight

domains of spiritual development were evaluated using the Spiritual Formation Inventory

developed by Dr. Brad Waggoner. The literature review included a theological

foundation for fatherhood, father involvement literature, and a modem historical review

of adolescence. The chasm between the sociological and theological fields of research

was bridged through the presentation of mutual perspectives on adolescent development.

The research produced several important results. First, there is a significant

correlation between perceived father involvement and spiritual development in

adolescents. Statistically, fathers accounted for 40% of adolescent spiritual development.

Also, participants from all adolescent categories consistently expressed a desire for

increased father involvement. Finally, the doctrinal domain of adolescent spiritual

development did not demonstrate a statistical correlation with father involvement

possibly indicating healthy education programs in the local Southern Baptist Church.

Key Words: Adolescent, Adolescence, Spiritual Development, Father Involvement,

Father Nurturance, Fathering, Youth Ministry, Parenting, Spiritual Formation, Teenager

URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10392/3820
Date: 2010-12

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