Graduate students receiving doctoral training in clinical psychology from Christian
universities often undergo unique changes in their faith identity. Previous research has
demonstrated a decline in faith commitment, religious attributions, religious coping, and
religious activities during doctoral training (Edwards, 2006; Fisk et al., 2013). While periods of
religious disengagement among clinical psychology graduate students seem to be consistent
across research studies, some research suggests positive religious transformation as students
progress through clinical training and into their professional careers (Hofer, 2004; Pearce, 1996).
Cultural humility is an other-oriented stance that is characterized by lifelong learning, cultural
self-awareness and reflection, and interpersonal respect for the experience of others (Mosher et
al., 2016). No research at this time has examined a possible movement toward a religious quest
orientation that may encapsulate the complex faith experiences of graduate clinical psychology
students at Christian universities and may be associated with the development of cultural humility. Seventy-seven students in four cohorts enrolled in a Christian doctoral clinical
psychology program completed surveys measuring quest and cultural humility. Results of this
study did not demonstrate significant differences amongst cohorts in cultural humility, quest, and
intrinsic religiosity. Further, no differences were found in cultural humility in dyadic subsets of
students demonstrating either heightened quest, intrinsic religiosity, or both quest and intrinsic
religiosity as compared to the remaining samples. These results also indicate no significant
relationship between quest and intrinsic religiosity with cultural humility. Implications and
limitations of this study are discussed.
|School:||George Fox University|
|School Location:||United States -- Oregon|
|Source:||DAI-B 81/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Quest and cultural humility|
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