Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Transition journeys in emerging adulthood as InterVarsity students seek to connect with faith communities after graduation: A qualitative study with educational and sociological implications
by Lederleitner, Mary, Ph.D., Trinity International University, 2014, 258; 3633704
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative research study was to examine the transition process as alumni of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship sought to find their place in faith communities after they graduated from university. Interview data revealed the process of finding a faith community was often intricately connected with each person's identity formation process. If the desired qualities were not found in faith communities, a selection process ensued where each graduated determined which unique set of qualities would not be compromised. These qualities were often indicative of each person determining what he or she would stand for in the world. Data reveal they were looking for an identity fit and companionship so they might keep growing. Numerous findings emerged which have educational and sociological implications for future graduates, leaders of faith communities, and other stakeholders who care about their transition process. The researcher was conducted in the Chicago area but was designed so the study might be duplicated in other cities and with other populations of twenty-somethings.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elmer, Duane
Commitee: Cha, Peter, Guthrie, Donald
School: Trinity International University
Department: Educational Studies
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 76/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Adult education, Religious education, Social structure
Keywords: Emerging adulthood, Faith communities, Identity, Mentoring, Millennials, Twenty-somethings
Publication Number: 3633704
ISBN: 9781321138191
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