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WHDL - 00011384
This study was conducted to explore the God Image of Third Culture Kids (TCKs) at Faith Academy located in Rizal Province of the Philippines. These were students who were between 16 to 19 years old. Specific demographic factors were investigated to explore the relationship between their demographic characteristics and their God Image. There were 106 respondents for this study. Criterion-type purposive sampling was used to choose the respondents. This research was designed as a descriptive study using quantitative methodology. The respondents were given a survey in a questionnaire format which was invented by Richard Lawrence in 1997 to assess their God Image. Along with it was given a demographic questionnaire as well. The God Image Scale (GIS) Questionnaire was based on three main issues with two sub-categories under each — the Sense of Belonging (Presence and Challenge), Goodness (Acceptance and Benevolence), and Control (Influence and Providence for Control). Bight items were examined for their demographic characteristic data. The statistical data was analyzed with the use of the one way ANOVA and t-test. The statistical treatment was conducted by a software program, SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences). Based on the statistical analysis, the following conclusions were drawn according to the null hypotheses. The first null hypothesis ("There would be no statistical significance between the Sense of Belonging and the God Image within TCKs") was rejected. The result showed that the selected TCKs agree with the Sense of Belonging with God. The second null hypothesis ("There would be no statistical significance between the Goodness of God and the God Image within TCKs") was rejected. The result was identified that the selected TCKs agree with the Goodness of God. The third null hypothesis ("There would be no statistical significance between Control and the God Image within TCKs") was rejected. The result meant that TCKs agree with their sense of Control with God. Thus, it was found that the respondents who were TCKs generally have a positive God Image. Finally, the fourth null hypothesis ("There would be no statistical significance between the demographic characteristics of TCKs and the God Image") was rejected. It was found that four demographic factors of the selected TCKs do affect their God Image. The four factors were: 1) gender, 2) number of years living abroad, 3) the number of countries that TCKs have lived, and 4) frequency of attending church. There were no statistical significances among the rest of the demographic items. Finally, based on the findings of the study, the following recommendations were identified to the ministers, parents, educators, and caregivers of TCKs as well as for the further studies. The caregivers should be reminded of a possibility of negative or unhealthy God Image of TCKs. The caregivers need to carefully consider the students' God Image and may attempt to apply God Image improvement programs, mentoring, or counseling. Further, the caregivers should be careful about the students' specific demographic factors which may affect their God Image. For the further studies, the researcher recommends: a) a qualitative research study could be done in this area, b) a more thorough explanation about the concept of God Image, such as delivering a script along with administration, c) extended studies related to counseling TCKs would prove helpful, and d) more studies are recommended regarding TCKs and their spirituality as Christians.
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