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Doctoral Project Abstract

A Correlation Study to Examine the Relationship Between Self-Efficacy and Biblical Spiritual Development

Richard Miller
Regent University

This correlation study tested the hypothesis that a positive relationship exists between general self-efficacy (SE) and Christ-centered spiritual development (SD). SE is the belief in one's ability to make things happen. SD comprises both the quality of one's relationship with God and the level of participation in religious activities. The participants included 70 college students and 163 members of various congregations. Statistical analysis of the data produced significant positive correlation between SE and various SD dimensions ranging from 0.1935 at the 0.005 probability level to 0.6309 at the 0.02 probability level. This study also investigated the correlation among the nine scales contained in the two instruments designed to measure levels of spiritual development. The test hypothesis is supported.

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