Psychology Night Research Posters and Presentations

Faculty Sponsor, if applicable

Molly Brown

Project Abstract

Fifty percent of Catholic-raised individuals under the age of 30 identify as former Catholics (Manhlos-Weber & Smith, 2018). Therefore, understanding the rationale of former Catholics leaving the faith is of the utmost importance to retention and ministry efforts. In this study, twelve participants, all identifying as former Catholics, were interviewed about their experience growing up Catholic and what led them to their current religious identity. Using the disaffiliation themes: “dissenter”, “injured”, and “drifters” (McCarty & Vitek, 2018) the interviews were coded and examined to determine if these three disaffiliation themes encompassed the narratives of the participants. The results from our qualitative analysis and implications will be discussed.

Type of Research

Undergraduate Student - Independent Study


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Presentation Year

May 2018