Measuring Adolescent Spiritual Development in Tijuana Youth

Project Leader: Dr. Pamela Ebstyne King
Consultants: Dr. James Furrow, Dr. Sung Kim, Dr.Osvaldo Benitez and Paul Stephenson, World Vision
Project Dates: 2009 – 2013
Student Researchers: Drew Carr, Casey Clardy, Lisa Criswell
Funding: From the Tyndale House in collaboration FYI (link) and World Vision (link)

Based on findings from the Adolescent Spiritual Exemplar Study, this study proposed and tested a measure of adolescent spirituality that is based on the concepts of transcendence, fidelity, and contribution.  Data was collected in Tijuana, Mexico.

Carr, D. R. & King, P. E., Meier, A. M. (2014). Purpose and spirituality: Exploring the role of fidelity in diverse adolescents. Journal of Youth Development: Bridging Research to Practice. 5-15.

King, P. E., Kim, S.-H., Clardy, C. E., & Furrow, J. F. (at press). Preliminary exploration of the Measurement of Diverse Adolescent Spirituality (MDAS) among Mexican youth. Applied Developmental Science.

Merola, C., on behalf of P. E. King, S.-H. Kim, & J. F. Furrow. (2016, August). Preliminary exploration of the Measurement of Diverse Adolescent Spirituality (MDAS). In K. A. Harris & A. L. Ai (Chairs), Assessing spirituality in a diversified world: Mainstream, other, and non-religious views. Symposium conducted at the American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Division 36, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Denver, Colorado.