|dc.description.abstract||The research study was an examination of the correlation between father
involvement and the spiritual development of adolescents. Father involvement was
assessed based on the adolescent's perception in twenty domains of fatherhood. Eight
domains of spiritual development were evaluated using the Spiritual Formation Inventory
developed by Dr. Brad Waggoner. The literature review included a theological
foundation for fatherhood, father involvement literature, and a modem historical review
of adolescence. The chasm between the sociological and theological fields of research
was bridged through the presentation of mutual perspectives on adolescent development.
The research produced several important results. First, there is a significant
correlation between perceived father involvement and spiritual development in
adolescents. Statistically, fathers accounted for 40% of adolescent spiritual development.
Also, participants from all adolescent categories consistently expressed a desire for
increased father involvement. Finally, the doctrinal domain of adolescent spiritual
development did not demonstrate a statistical correlation with father involvement
possibly indicating healthy education programs in the local Southern Baptist Church.
Key Words: Adolescent, Adolescence, Spiritual Development, Father Involvement,
Father Nurturance, Fathering, Youth Ministry, Parenting, Spiritual Formation, Teenager||en_US