Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Primary Subject Area
cognitive capacity, spiritual development, spiritual maturity, learning disability
Cognitive Psychology | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Thomas, Charles Nolan , "The Relationships Between Cognitive Deficits and Spiritual Development" (2008). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 65.
An individual’s spirituality is shaped and supported by his or her cognitive capacities. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between various cognitive deficits and the spiritual development in individuals who qualified for special education under the category of Specific Learning Disability. Participants were randomly selected through systematic sampling of students and former students of Kellyville Public School who met the criteria. The cognitive deficits were measured by the Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Cognitive Abilities (2001) or the Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery- R (1989), and spiritual development was measured by the Spiritual Assessment Inventory (2002). The results of this study indicate that there is a marginal correlation between Long-Term Retrieval and Awareness of God.