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Finding myself: The maturation of spirituality and its influence on behavior during late adolescence – A theory

Finding myself: The maturation of spirituality and its influence on behavior during late adolescence – A theory

Author

Mason, Deanna M.

Language

English

Date

February 2014

Source

Research and Theory for Nursing Practice. Volumen 28, Número 4, 2014, pp. 316-334 (19)

Publisher

Springer Publishing Company

ABSTRACT:

This study employed a grounded theory research design to develop a theoretical model focused on the maturation of spirituality and its influence on behavior during late adolescence. Quantitative research studies have linked spirituality with decreased health-risk behaviors and increased health-promotion behaviors during late adolescence. Qualitative, theoretical data is proposed to discover the underlying reasons this relationship exists and increase the ability to apply this knowledge to practice. Twenty-one adolescents, age 16–21 years, were e-mail interviewed and transcripts analyzed using a conceptual lens of Blumer's symbolic interactionism. From this analysis, a theoretical model emerged with the core concept, finding myself, that represents 5 core process concepts. Implications of this study illustrate that late adolescents are aware of their personal spiritual maturation as well as its influence on behavior. In addition, a distinction between the generic concept of spirituality, personal spirituality, and religion emerged.

Date

22 January 2015

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Contact Information

Dr. Deanna Marie Mason

Calle Téllez, 26, 28007 Madrid
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T. +34 912 192 862

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