Author(s)

Paul RickertFollow

Department

School of Education

Degree

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Chair

Judy Shoemaker

Primary Subject Area

Religion, General; Sociology, Criminology and Penology; Psychology, General

Keywords

campus, Christian, Christ-like Spiritual Growth, crime, spiritual maturity

Disciplines

Christianity | Criminology | Ethics in Religion | Psychology | Religion

Abstract

The purpose of this correlational study into crime among college-aged Christians in the United States is to determine if indicating higher levels of Christian spiritual growth is associated with lower levels of criminal behavior. A convenience sample of college aged Christians was given an online survey to measure self-reported criminality measured by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Uniform Crime Reports Part I and Part II and self-reported religious convictions as measured by Bufford et al.'s Christ-like Spiritual Growth Scale. This quantitative study then analyzed data generated from 57 respondents and found that reporting higher rates of Christ-like spiritual growth was negatively correlated to reporting lower rates of law violating behaviors, but only slightly.

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