Faith, Identity, and Vocation: Longitudinal and Gender Effects March 29 & April 5, 2011 Dr. Don Thompson Dr. Cindy Miller-Perrin
The Development of Vocation in Pepperdine University Undergraduates • The college years are a critical time for the development of one’s sense of vocation. • The development of vocation is related to: • Faith • Identity • Spiritual Challenges
Survey Instruments • Faith Measures • Identity Development Measure • Vocation: Discernment & Action • Barriers to Vocation Discernment & Action
Measure of Identity Development • Identity scores for four developmental categories: • Diffusion: no exploration or commitment • “I haven’t really considered politics. It just doesn’t excite me much.” • Foreclosure: no exploration, but commitment • “My parents decided a long time ago what I should go into for employment and I’m following through with their plans.” • Moratorium: exploration without commitment • “Religion is confusing to me right now. I keep changing my views on what is right and wrong for me.” • Achievement: exploration and commitment • “It took me a while to figure it out, but now I really know what I want for a career.”
IdentityDevelopment Changes in Identity Development (Explore, Commit) 8
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Barriers to My Life Purpose Don’t forget: You can copy-paste this slide into other presentations, and move or resize the poll.
Fall 2010 Christian Heritage Series Personal Barriers Fear 51% Selfishness 12% Parents 11% No Barriers 26%
Predictors of Life Purpose: Females Achieved Identity Personal Barriers Faith Maturity Moratorium Identity Life Purpose
Predictors of Life Purpose: Males Achieved Identity Life Purpose
Conclusions • The college years are a critical time for the development of faith, identity, and vocational calling • The sophomore year is particularly important to this development • Differences between males and females exist on measures of faith, vocation as service, and vocation barriers • Seek Faculty/Staff Mentoring • Belong to a Faith Community
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