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Faith, Identity, and Vocation: Longitudinal and Gender Effects

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  1. Faith, Identity, and Vocation: Longitudinal and Gender Effects December 1, 2009 Dr. Cindy Miller-Perrin Dr. Don Thompson

  2. 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

  3. Survey Instruments • Faith Measures • Identity Development Measure • Vocation: Discernment & Action • Barriers to Vocation Discernment & Action

  4. Faith Measures

  5. Changes in Faith Measures Over Time

  6. Gender Differences on Faith Measures 6

  7. 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.”

  8. IdentityDevelopment Changes in Identity Development Over Time

  9. Gender Differences in Identity

  10. Vocation: Discernment and Action Through Service

  11. My Vocational Calling I believe my vocational calling is …

  12. Changes in Vocation Discernment Over Time

  13. Changes in Vocation as Service Over Time

  14. Gender Differences in Vocation Discernment and Action

  15. Vocation Barriers

  16. My Vocation Barriers The greatest barrier to living out my calling is …

  17. Changes in Vocation Barriers Over Time

  18. Gender Differences in Vocation Barriers

  19. Predictors of Life Purpose: Females Achieved Identity Personal Barriers Faith Maturity Moratorium Identity Life Purpose

  20. Predictors of Life Purpose: Males Achieved Identity Life Purpose

  21. 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