Meaning and Spirituality Across the Adult Lifespan


Author: Dorothy J. Steffler

Category: Articles

Pages: 18

JEPP Issue: Vol. 9 No. 2

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The present research investigated the relationship between spirituality and meaningful life and whether this relationship differed across the lifespan. Two hundred and ninety-five participants ranging in age from 18 to 100 years completed either a paper-and-pencil or online questionnaire that measured meaningful life, spiritual attitudes and beliefs, personality, and various demographics variables. Age was not a significant predictor of meaningful life, although young adults scored lower than mature adults on participating in traditional religious practices and having a spiritual perspective toward life. Having a spiritual perspective was the strongest predictor of all aspects of meaningful life, regardless of age, indicating that people who find hope in times of despair, gratitude, and have a reflective attitude have a more meaningful life.