Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Research showed parenting styles (authoritarian, authoritative, and permissive) significantly influence child and adolescent development. Other studies consistently highlighted the many changes in an individual’s spirituality during his or her time at college. However, little research exists examining the overlap of parenting styles during childhood and spiritual change during college, and the present study focused on this intersection. The present study examined the relationship between parental control and parental responsiveness—two key traits in the well-developed theory of parenting styles and spiritual change in college. The study analyzed data from the National Study of Youth and Religion to examine this relationship. The results of the current study indicated a small but significant relationship between parental control and parental responsiveness and its effect on the spiritual development of college students.
Riedel, Joshua P., "A Faith that Endures? An Exploration of the Perceived Influence of Parental Control and Responsiveness on the Spiritual Change of College Students" (2015). Master of Arts in Higher Education Theses. 29.