Religion, spirituality, and career development in African American college students: A qualitative inquiry

Madonna G. Constantine, Marie L. Miville, Anika K. Warren, Kathy A. Gainor, Ma'at E.L. Lewis-Coles

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The authors explored through semistructurcd interviews the interrelationships of religion, spirituality, and career development in a sample of 12 African American undergraduate students. Using consensual qualitative research methodology (C. E. Hill, B. J. Thompson, & E. N. Williams, 1997), they identified 6 primary domains or themes related to these students' experiences in this regard, including (a) degree of identification as religious and/or spiritual, (b) parents' influence on religious and spiritual beliefs, (c) roles of religion and spirituality in participants' career development, (d) challenges in dealing with academic and career-related issues, (e) religious and spiritual strategies to deal with academic and career-related challenges, and (f) indicators of success in future career or occupation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-241
Number of pages15
JournalCareer Development Quarterly
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006


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