Emerging Adults Religiousness and Spirituality: Meaning-Making in an Age of Transition

Paperback | April 16, 2014

EditorCarolyn McNamara Barry, Mona M. Abo-Zena

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Although most American children are raised in a faith tradition, by the time they reach their early twenties their outward religious expression declines significantly, with many leaving the faith in which they were raised in favor of another faith or none at all, though many still claim thatreligion and spirituality are important. Reasons for this change in religious behavior include adolescents' forging their own identities, increased immersion in contexts beyond the family, and exposure to media. As emerging adults encounter events such as attending university, breaking up with aromantic partner, and traveling, they are likely to make sense out of them, a process known as meaning-making. Thus, coming into one's own takes on great prominence during the years of emerging adulthood (18-29), making it ripe for religious and spiritual development. Emerging Adults' Religiousness and Spirituality seeks to understand how the developmental process of meaning-making encompasses American emerging adults' religiousness and spirituality. This volume does not focus on disentangling religion and spirituality conceptually, but rather emphasizes theircentrality in the psychology of human development. It highlights the range of experiences and perspectives of emerging adults in the U.S. grounded in social context, social position, and religious or spiritual identification. Chapters are written by an interdisciplinary group of authors and exploretopics such as the benefits and detriments of religiousness and spirituality to emerging adults; contexts and socializing agents such as parents and peers, the media, religious communities, and universities; and variations of religiousness and spirituality concerning gender, sexuality, culture, andsocial position. Using a developmental lens and focusing on a significant period within the lifespan, this volume embodies the key aspects of a developmental perspective by highlighting specific domains of development while considering themes of continuity and discontinuity across thelifespan.

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Although most American children are raised in a faith tradition, by the time they reach their early twenties their outward religious expression declines significantly, with many leaving the faith in which they were raised in favor of another faith or none at all, though many still claim thatreligion and spirituality are important. Reas...

Carolyn McNamara Barry is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Loyola University Maryland. She serves on the editorial boards for the International Journal for Behavioral Development and the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Dr. Barry is a Member at-Large for the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. Mona M. Abo-...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 16, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Series ForewordChristian Smith: ForewordAcknowledgmentsAbout the EditorsContributorsPart 1: Introduction1. Carolyn McNamara Barry and Mona M. Abo-Zena: Seeing the Forest and the Trees: How Emerging Adults Navigate Meaning-MakingPart 2: Foundational Perspectives2. Carolyn McNamara Barry and Mona M. Abo-Zena: Emerging Adults' Religious and Spiritual Development3. Gina Magyar-Russell, Paul J. Deal, and Iain Tucker Brown: Potential Benefits and Detriments of Religiousness and Spirituality to Emerging AdultsPart 3: Contexts and Socializing Agents in Emerging Adults' Religious and Spiritual Lives4. Larry J. Nelson: The Role of Parents in the Religious and Spiritual Development of Emerging Adults5. Carolyn McNamara Barry and Jennifer L. Christofferson: The Role of Peer Relationships in Emerging Adults' Religiousness and Spirituality6. Piotr S. Bobkowski: Faith in the Digital Age: Emerging Adults' Religious Mosaics and Media Practices7. Roger J. R. Levesque: The Law's Promise of Religious Freedom to Support Emerging Adults' Religious Development and Experiences8. William B. Whitney and Pamela Ebstyne King: Religious Congregations and Communities9. Perry L. Glanzer, Jonathan Hill, and Todd C. Ream: Changing Souls: Higher Education's Influence upon the Religious Lives of Emerging AdultsPart 4: Variations10. Jacqueline S. Mattis: Gender, Religiousness, and Spirituality in Emerging Adulthood11. Tara M. Stoppa, Graciela Espinosa-Hernandez, and Meghan M. Gillen: The Roles of Religiousness and Spirituality in the Sexual Lives of Heterosexual Emerging Adults12. Geoffrey L. Ream and Eric M. Rodriguez: Sexual Minorities13. Mona M. Abo-Zena and Sameera Ahmed: Religion, Spirituality, and Emerging Adults: Processing Meaning through Culture, Context and Social Position14. Luke W. Galen: Nonreligious and Atheist Emerging AdultsPart 5: Conclusion15. Mona M. Abo-Zena and Carolyn McNamara Barry: Reflections on the Long and Winding Road of Meaning-MakingIndex