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Emerging Adults' Religiousness and Spirituality: Meaning-Making in an Age of Transition

Carolyn McNamara Barry and Mona M. Abo-Zena


With twenty-somethings delaying their entry into adult roles of marriage and parenthood, the question emerges: What and how are they doing? Are they flourishing or floundering? As shown in Barry and Abo-Zena's edited volume, emerging adults in the United States are often in active pursuit of making meaning of their lives. Indeed, emerging adults are exposed to a wider variety of religious and spiritual beliefs systems through their extended families, peers, religious communities, universities, and the media. Consequently, many emerging adults in the United States choose to sample from a variet ... More

Keywords: religiousness and spirituality, family, peer, media, law, religious communities and the nonreligious, universities, gender, sexuality, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199959181
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959181.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carolyn McNamara Barry, editor
Department of Psychology, Loyola University Maryland

Mona M. Abo-Zena, editor
Brown University

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Part I Introduction

1 Seeing the Forest and the Trees

Carolyn McNamara Barry, and Mona M. Abo-Zena

Part II Foundational Perspectives

2 Emerging Adults’ Religious and Spiritual Development

Carolyn McNamara Barry, and Mona M. Abo-Zena

3 Potential Benefits and Detriments of Religiousness and Spirituality to Emerging Adults

Gina Magyar-Russell, Paul J. Deal, and Iain Tucker Brown

Part III Contexts and Socializing Agents in Emerging Adults’ Religious and Spiritual Lives

5 The Role of Peer Relationships in Emerging Adults’ Religiousness and Spirituality

Carolyn McNamara Barry, and Jennifer L. Christofferson

6 Faith in the Digital Age

Piotr S. Bobkowski

8 Religious Congregations and Communities

William B. Whitney, and Pamela Ebstyne King

9 Changing Souls

Perry L. Glanzer, Jonathan Hill, and Todd C. Ream

Part IV Variations

11 The Roles of Religiousness and Spirituality in the Sexual Lives of Heterosexual Emerging Adults

Tara M. Stoppa, Graciela Espinosa-Hernandez, and Meghan M. Gillen

12 Sexual Minorities

Geoffrey L. Ream, and Eric M. Rodriguez

13 Religion, Spirituality, and Emerging Adults

Mona M. Abo-Zena, and Sameera Ahmed

Part V Conclusion

15 Reflections on the Long and Winding Road of Meaning-Making

Mona M. Abo-Zena, and Carolyn McNamara Barry

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