Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 55, Issue 4, pp 1345–1358 | Cite as

The Role of Spirituality in Transition to Parenthood: Qualitative Research Using Transformative Learning Theory

  • Nataša Rijavec KlobučarEmail author
Psychological Exploration


This article presents results of a qualitative study of 12 adult couples making transition to parenthood. The aim of the study was to research the meaning of transition to parenthood through the lens of transformative learning theory. Transformative learning theory explains learning through meaning-making of that life experience. In this paper, the spiritual dimension of learning is emphasized. An important part of research methodology included biographical method, using semi-structured interviews before and after the birth of the first child. The research showed that transformative learning occurs in different spheres of life during transition to parenthood. This paper discusses the spiritual dimension of learning, meaning-making and presents results of the research.


Spirituality Spiritual dimension of learning Transformative learning Transition to parenthood 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of TheologyUniversity of LjubljanaNovo MestoSlovenia

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