An Exploratory Study of Recalled Childhood Spiritually Transformative Experiences Among a Specialized Population
Description: Abstract: Fifty-three adult members of the American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences completed an online author-created survey about their spiritually transformative experiences (STEs) as children. Included among the survey questions were age at STE; STE contents and aftereffects, both beneficial and challenging, both at home and at school; and recommendations for both experiencers and their parents. Results are reported as descriptive statistics with selected narrative responses. Findings of this exploratory study include that, following their STEs, some participants reportedly felt supported by those around them, but most felt isolated and different from their peers and needed acceptance and affirmation from the closest to them. The article concludes with limitations of the study and recommendations for future research.
Date: Spring 2013
Creator: Elam, Jennifer
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