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Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Leonardo Bobadilla, PhD
Asani Seawell, PhD
This study utilized an interpretive phenomenological approach to explore how individuals, who claim their faith prevents their recidivism, use, incorporate, and experience their faith in their daily lives. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 5 individuals. Three primary themes were found. The first theme is faith as a process that is best experienced by listening to God. The second theme is faith is having a relationship with God built on love. The third theme is faith works to change individuals because it changes their hearts not their mind. These themes all seemed to work together to answer the guiding question. The participants no longer committed crimes due to creating a meaningful relationship with God through listening to his guidance and loving others. This relationship ultimately changed their hearts individually and in a meaningful way. The results are presented using a detailed account of the participants’ perspectives and discussed with consideration of relevant literature. Limitations and directions for future research are also discussed.
Lis, Patricia (2019). Lower recidivism through faith: A phenomenological inquiry (Doctoral dissertation, Pacific University). Retrieved from:
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