Research in Higher Education

, Volume 52, Issue 5, pp 441–459

The Impact of Campus Context, College Encounters, and Religious/Spiritual Struggle on Ecumenical Worldview Development


DOI: 10.1007/s11162-010-9205-0

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Bryant, A.N. Res High Educ (2011) 52: 441. doi:10.1007/s11162-010-9205-0


Using a national longitudinal sample of 14,274 college students generated as part of the UCLA Spirituality in Higher Education Project, this study employed structural equation modeling to analyze how students develop an ecumenical worldview. The findings suggest that challenging co-curricular experiences and the salience of religion and spirituality in academic encounters tend to provoke religious/spiritual struggles, which in turn enhance ecumenical worldview.


College student developmentEcumenical worldviewPluralismSpirituality

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Leadership, Policy, and Adult and Higher EducationNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA