Schnitker, S. A., Felke, T. J., Fernandez, N. A., Redmond, N., & Blews, A. E. (2016). Efficacy of self-control and patience interventions in adolescents

To Access Journal Article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10888691.2016.1178578 Abstract: Self-control and patience are character strengths predictive of positive developmental outcomes, but few interventions targeting their growth have been tested in adolescents. Moreover, interventions based on the limited-strength model of self-control have received considerable criticism, but few studies have tested moderation of interventions by motivational variables fundamental to computational and process models of self-control. To …

Schnitker, S. A. , & Houltberg, B. J. (2016). Building virtues in youth: A developmental take on spiritual formation. Fuller, 5

Click here to View Article Excerpt: Teenagers have tremendous capacity for spiritual growth and thriving when they are embedded in a context telling them they have a purpose in life and that they are valuable and capable members of society. Many minority youth growing up in socioeconomic disadvantage, however, are at much higher risk for outcomes such as incarceration and emotional …

Fernandez, N. A., Schnitker, S. A., & Houltberg, B. (2016). Charitable sporting events as a context for building adolescent generosity: Examining the role of religiousness and spirituality

Click here to View Journal Article Abstract: Previous research demonstrates an association between religiousness, spirituality, and generosity in adolescents, but few studies have tested the mechanisms by which religion might facilitate the development of generosity in real-world contexts. In this paper, a theoretical model is presented describing the potential mechanisms by which engagement in transformational contexts (i.e., participating in charity …

Strenger, A. M., Schnitker, S. A., & Felke, T. J. (2016). Attachment to God moderates the relation between sociocultural pressure and disordered eating behaviors as mediated by emotional eating

Click here to View Journal Article Abstract: Research suggests that secure attachment to God protects against eating disorder risk factors, but studies have not examined how attachment to God might moderate the effects of sociocultural pressure on eating disorder symptoms. Moreover, models testing moderation in combination with mediation by eating in response to negative emotions have not been tested. Questionnaires …

Schnitker, S. A., Blews, A. E., & Foss, J. A. (2014). Patience and self-renewal

Link for Download / Purchase: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118443810,subjectCd-PS72.html Description (From Publisher): Providing clinicians with advice consistent with the current emphasis on working from strengths to promote renewal, this guide presents a holistic approach to psychological wellness. Time-tested advice is featured from experts such as Craig Cashwell, Jeffrey Barnett, and Kenneth Pargament. With strategies to renew the mind, body, spirit, and community, this book equips …

Schnitker, S. A., Felke, T. J., Barrett, J. L., & Emmons, R. A. (2014). Virtue development following spiritual transformation in adolescents attending evangelistic summer camp

Click Here for Fuller Seminary PsycINFO Link Abstract: “Spiritual transformation in adolescents has been a topic of great interest to the psychology of religion since the inception of the field (Starbuck, 1897, 1901). Both psychological theory and Christian theology maintain that a spiritual transformation should lead to the subsequent development of virtues. The present study tested the hypothesis that spiritual transformation leads to increases in virtues in a sample of adolescents attending evangelistic summercamps run by the Young Life organization. …

Schnitker, S. A., Felke, T. J., Barrett, J. L., & Emmons, R. A. (2014). Longitudinal study of religious and spiritual transformation in adolescents attending Young Life summer camp: Assessing the epistemic, intrapsychic, and moral sociability functions of conversion.

Click Here for Fuller Seminary PsycINFO Link Abstract: “The psychological study of conversion has long been concerned with the functionality of conversion, or the ability of religious and spiritual transformation to foster positive change in people’s lives. The epistemic, intrapsychic, and moral sociability functions of transformation were tested in a sample of adolescents attending religious summercamp. Participants completed measures of epistemic, intrapsychic, and moral sociability functioning before and one year following camp, which provided pre- and post-transformation assessment of functioning. Participants also completed a short survey immediately following camp to assess if …

Schnitker, S. A., & Westbrook, J. T. (2014). Do good things come to those who wait? Patience interventions to improve well-being

Link for Download / Purchase: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/9781118315927 Summary (From Website): “Collating for the first time a range of techniques in positive psychology, this handbook introduces topics such as courage, empathy and humor, and spans areas as diverse as gratitude, forgiveness and strengths. It also explores special considerations such as ethics and motivation, and offers informed conjecture on future directions in research and practice.”

Emmons, R. A., & Schnitker, S. A. (2013). Gods and goals: Religion and purposeful action

Link for Download / Purchase: http://www.guilford.com/books/Handbook-of-the-Psychology-of-Religion-and-Spirituality/Paloutzian-Park/9781462520534/contents Description (From Publisher): Widely regarded as the definitive reference, this volume comprehensively examines the psychological processes associated with religion and spirituality. Leading scholars from multiple psychological subdisciplines present developmental, cognitive, social psychological, cultural, and clinical perspectives on this core aspect of human experience. The forms and functions of religious practices and rituals, conversion experiences, and …