Date of Award
Doctor of Education
Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Dr. Robert Betz
Dr. Joseph Morris
Dr. Robert Brashear
Using the Category and Regression Trees (CART) analysis, some correlative distinctions were detected, but there were no significant differences found in the hypothesized directions concerning the relationships among the three main variables of the study.
For the validation, the DGW instrument was field tested with mature Christian leaders, students from a community college, a Christian liberal arts college, and an Evangelical seminary. The items on mature discernment scale of the DGW were validated, and using multiple comparisons, expected significant differences were found between the two college groups and the seminary students on both the mature discernment subscale and the supernatural subscale of the DGW.
Field testing for the GSHF with seminary and Christian college students provided moderate correlation coefficients in the assessment of the subjects' ability to identify the way they reconcile divine sovereignty and human freedom.
It was expected that a high level of discernment in decision making would be associated with those of moderately internal locus of control. In conclusion, one's level of mature discernment did not correlate significantly with one's perception of personal control.
Robinson, Timothy M., "The Relationships Among One's Beliefs Regarding Divine Sovereignty Versus Human Freedom, Procedures for Discerning the Will of God, and Internal-External Locus of Control" (1994). Dissertations. 1858.