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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring Quest and Cultural Humility in Relation to the Spiritual Identities of Doctoral Clinical Psychology Students at a Christian University
by Summerer, Andrew L., Psy.D., George Fox University, 2019, 66; 27785865
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
School: George Fox University
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: DAI-B 81/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Quest and cultural humility
Publication Number: 27785865
ISBN: 9781392427705
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