The Faith Development Interview: Methodological Considerations

  • Heinz StreibEmail author
  • Michele Wollert
  • Barbara Keller


This chapter presents an introduction to the Faith Development Interview (FDI) and describes its background in Fowler ’s theory and research, explains the FDI questions and the evaluation procedure according to the Manual for Faith Development Research. Then this chapter introduces our more recent methodological modifications of the FDI evaluation procedure, which were applied in the Bielefeld-based Cross-cultural Study of “Spirituality” in which more than one hundred FDIs have been conducted and evaluated. Suggestions for the modification of the evaluation method include: taking into account the differences between the aspects of faith, more decisive attention to the wealth of narrative data and the various dimensions which the FDI questions elicit beyond the structural-developmental information, and finally the triangulation with questionnaire data.


Spirituality Faith development Religious style Faith development interview Triangulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.Chattanooga State Community CollegeChattanoogaUSA

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