Gaynor, D.R. (1999). Changes in Cognitive Structure Associated With Experiences of Spiritual Transformation, Ann Arbor: UMI
The construct of interconnectedness is developed and utilized in
assessing the nature of cognitive change associated with
experiences of spiritual transformation for 9 men and 16 women.
Most of the co-researchers in this study live in Northern
California, 7 live in other locations around the U.S. and 3 live
in locations outside the U.S.. The research design is both
quantitative and qualitative, utilizing a retrospective
assessment format. The suite of measurement tools included: the
Personal Orientation Inventory (POI), the researcher constructed
Process Characteristics Inventory (PCI), a short essay
questionnaire, and a detailed request for autobiographical
information pertaining to the participants experiences of
life before, during, and after transformation.
The Quantitative results suggest that
experiences of psychospiritual transformation were correlated
with statistically significant increases in co-researchers
levels of interconnectedness (PCI). A 42% mean increase in
overall levels of interconnectedness was observed post-transformation. Interconnectedness subscale change scores
were correlated with interconnectedness total change scores.
Subscale/total change correlations yielded: conscious
interconnectedness (r = .91), identity integration (r = .92),
high order framing (r = .89), and flexibility (r = .91). All were
statistically significant for n = 24, and p < .001.
Posttransformation POI scores reflected a 55% mean increase in
time competence and a 44% mean increase in inner directedness.
POI change scores were correlated with the PCI total change
scores (n = 17, p < .001), both time competence (r = .75), and
inner directedness (r = .65) were statistically significant.
Quantitative results were next compared with the results of a qualitative process analysis of autobiographical data. The findings were mutually supportive. A complex dynamic systems model for psychospiritual development and assessment is then extrapolated from the research. In this model, psychospiritual development and cognitive development are viewed as fractals of the same process. A psychospiritual developmental transition sequence is also identified. Finally, a plan for future research is introduced including suggestions for potentially enhancing psychospiritual development.
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