Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

16 p.

Publication Date

7-2016

Publisher

American College Personnel Association (ACPA)

Source Publication

Journal of College Student Development

Source ISSN

0897-5264

Original Item ID

DOI: 10.1353/csd.2016.0055

Abstract

Emerging research illustrates that undergraduate students are searching for meaning in their lives, yet postsecondary institutions generally do little to support them in exploring such issues (Astin et al., 2005b). We speculated that religiously affiliated institutions might offer guidance on supporting students’ spiritual development, and thus examined students in the context of Catholic postsecondary environments, focusing on whether the students’ religious affiliations and perceptions of their institution as supporting their spiritual development affected their search for meaning. Further, we examined the aspects of the environment that strengthened students’ perceptions of their college environment as closely aligned with the Catholic mission, and thus supportive of their spiritual development. We discuss implications for secular and religious institutions.

Comments

Published version. Journal of College Student Development, Vol. 57, No. 5 (July 2016): 522-537. DOI. © American College Personnel Association (ACPA) 2016. Used with permission.

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