Date of Award

1999

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts Honours

Faculty

Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Andrew Ellerman

Abstract

The current work examined the areas of religiosity, values and adolescent development. The recent literature with regard to the nature of religiosity as a measure of an individual'' commitment to a particular religion was explored. The issues of measurement and definition were outlined, and a position was taken as to the multi-dimensionality of religiosity. The recent work on values by Schwartz (1992) was also explored. Values were defined and the theory of a universal set of values, as well as the relationship of values to each other was outlined, along with the organisation of those individual values into value types. The relationship between values and religiosity was explored. The area of adolescent development, based on the theory of psychosocial development proposed by Erikson (1968, 1977) was also explored. This understanding of the nature of adolescent development has suggested that adolescents must explore issues such as politics and religion as part of that stage of development. It was suggested that adolescent development, therefore, had a significant possibility of impacting on the relationship between values and religiosity. This possible impact of adolescent development on both values and religiosity was suggested.

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