Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts Honours


Faculty of Arts

First Advisor

Anne Harris


This study examines the attitudes of a sample of young adult Catholic women from Perth, Western Australia, towards women's religious life in the apostolic tradition'. Respondents' ages range from 18 to 35 years. Their attitudes towards other issues relating to religious life are also examined, including commitments: community: religious sisters: the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience: and social justice issues relevant to Australia. The study also analyses participants' values and the relationship between these and their commitments. Differences in responses are highlighted through the concept of conservatism/liberalism and the framework of Fowler's Stages of Faith Development is used to understand these differences.