All the Different Pieces of Me Being Integrated : Religion/Spirituality and Identity in Working Christian Mothers
Rosemead School of Psychology
The current qualitative study explored experiences of religion/spirituality and their impact on women’s identities among Christian working mothers in academia. Thirty semi-structured interviews were conducted and the data analyzed using the grounded theory method. The resultant themes reflected the roles and functions of religion/spirituality in women’s lives and in their identities, primarily by establishing a core sense of self that unified all of their roles and “selves.” Religion/spirituality also served as meaning-making frameworks that provided purpose both to the self and to each of the women’s roles, while religion/spirituality also pervaded every aspect of the self, coloring women’s experience and driving their decisions. Further, women discussed religion/spirituality providing a sense of purpose by which they could pursue actualization and transcendence through generative means in each of their roles. The results indicate that spiritual identity may be a broader and more fundamental element of identity than previously considered. Implications of the current data and suggestions for future research are discussed.
gender issues; God concepts; God image; Marriage and family systems
Journal of Psychology and Theology
DOI of Published Version
Anderson, Tamara Lynn and Hall, M. Elizabeth Lewis, "All the Different Pieces of Me Being Integrated : Religion/Spirituality and Identity in Working Christian Mothers" (2022). Faculty Articles & Research. 755.