Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/291791
Title:
An Adlerian perspective on religious conversion
Author:
Richardson, Virginia Anne, 1946-
Issue Date:
1993
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The purpose of this study was to examine, from an Adlerian perspective, how religious conversion enables some individuals to make life-style changes. Data was collected from the autobiography of Thomas Merton, and interviews of two men and two women over the age of fifty having had religious conversions at least ten years in the past. The interview consisted of a life-style analysis, a measure of social interest, an analysis of conversion memories, a contextual report of the conversion, and a comparison of before and after the conversions in terms of five life tasks--work, love, community, spirituality and self-regulation. This research indicated that no one life-style type was predisposed to conversion. Change in life-style after religious conversion appeared to correlate with increased social interest rather than with change in dominant goal of behavior. Thus, changing life-style does not appear to require the difficult task of changing the dominant goal of behavior.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Religion, General.; Psychology, General.; Psychology, Clinical.; Sociology, Individual and Family Studies.
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Family and Consumer Resources
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Christensen, Oscar C.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleAn Adlerian perspective on religious conversionen_US
dc.creatorRichardson, Virginia Anne, 1946-en_US
dc.contributor.authorRichardson, Virginia Anne, 1946-en_US
dc.date.issued1993en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was to examine, from an Adlerian perspective, how religious conversion enables some individuals to make life-style changes. Data was collected from the autobiography of Thomas Merton, and interviews of two men and two women over the age of fifty having had religious conversions at least ten years in the past. The interview consisted of a life-style analysis, a measure of social interest, an analysis of conversion memories, a contextual report of the conversion, and a comparison of before and after the conversions in terms of five life tasks--work, love, community, spirituality and self-regulation. This research indicated that no one life-style type was predisposed to conversion. Change in life-style after religious conversion appeared to correlate with increased social interest rather than with change in dominant goal of behavior. Thus, changing life-style does not appear to require the difficult task of changing the dominant goal of behavior.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectReligion, General.en_US
dc.subjectPsychology, General.en_US
dc.subjectPsychology, Clinical.en_US
dc.subjectSociology, Individual and Family Studies.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineFamily and Consumer Resourcesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorChristensen, Oscar C.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest1356789en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b314466689en_US
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