The Interplay of Self-Transcendence and Psychological Maturity Among Israeli College Students

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This chapter examined the interplay of spiritual development and the development of psychological and emotional maturity relying on a transpersonal psychology perspective. A sample group of 215 college students aged 19 to 30 participated by filling out questionnaires related to self-transcendence and emotional and psychological maturity as well as possible antecedents (i.e., positive and supportive relational context) and various outcomes, such as orientation to others, values, and the self system. Results revealed that the two developmental domains (psychological maturity and spiritual development) were moderately correlated, yet that each seemed to have different antecedents (e.g., social support and having a firm ethnic identity were especially significant for achieving spiritual development). Each of the two developmental domains was uniquely associated with various virtues such as generosity. These findings accord with a view of a bidirectional contribution of each domain to the other.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThriving and Spirituality Among Youth
Subtitle of host publicationResearch Perspectives and Future Possibilities
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780470948309
StatePublished - 25 Aug 2011


  • Emotional maturity
  • Positive youth development
  • Spiritual development
  • Transpersonal psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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