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Not Just a Copy: Young Adults' Perspectives on Reconstructing Religion

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dc.contributor.advisor Kuczynski, Leon Thumb, Johannah 2017-08-18T19:31:53Z 2017-08-18T19:31:53Z 2017-08 2017-08-02 2017-08-18
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the experiences of young adults who were raised in conservative Christian households through a dialectical transactional perspective. Existing research on religious socialization is based on unidirectional transmission models that assume children are passive recipients of parents’ religious messages and models. This study sought to explore how young adults represent and evaluate their early upbringing; their descriptions of present internalization; and the sources of change in the internalization process. Sixteen young adults aged 18-25 years participated in qualitative semi-structured interviews. The transcripts were analyzed using thematic analysis. The findings of this study contribute to new understandings of how young adults act as interpretive active agents in the internalization of religious models and messages. In contrast to assumptions of existing research, young adults demonstrated their active agency through challenging religious messages, constructing their acceptance and interpreting messages from their ecology of models. en_US
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dc.subject Research Subject Categories en_US
dc.subject Religion en_US
dc.subject Religious socialization en_US
dc.subject Emerging adults en_US
dc.subject Young adults en_US
dc.subject Internalization en_US
dc.subject Values en_US
dc.subject Working models en_US
dc.subject Dialectical en_US
dc.subject Social relational theory en_US
dc.subject Christianity en_US
dc.subject Fundamentalism en_US
dc.subject Bidirectionality en_US
dc.subject Reconstruction en_US
dc.subject Agency en_US
dc.subject Qualitative en_US
dc.title Not Just a Copy: Young Adults' Perspectives on Reconstructing Religion en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US Master of Science en_US Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US
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