The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence

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SAGE, 2006 - Psychology - 543 pages
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The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence breaks new ground by articulating the state of knowledge in the area of childhood and adolescent spiritual development. Featuring a rich array of theory and research from an international assortment of leading social scientists in multiple disciplines, this book represents work from diverse traditions and approaches – making it an invaluable resource for scholars across a variety of disciplines and organizations.
 

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Contents

FOUNDATIONS FOR THE SCIENTIFIC
17
Intersections
46
Spirituality
60
Philosophical Issues in Spiritual Education and Development
73
Measurement and Research Design in Studying
92
Introduction to Part II
107
The Changing Global Context of Adolescent Spirituality
124
Spiritual and Religious Pathology in Childhood and Adolescence
137
The Family as a Context for Religious
297
Peer
310
Unexamined Crucibles for Spiritual Development
324
Introduction to Part V
339
Resilience and Spirituality in Youth
355
A Quest for Moral and Spiritual Integrity?
371
Spiritual Development and Adolescent WellBeing and Thriving
384
Religion Spirituality and Childrens Physical Health
399

NonWestern Approaches to Spiritual Development Among
150
Spiritual Experiences and Capacities of Children and Youth
163
Introduction to Part III
181
Attachment and Spiritual Development in Childhood
197
CognitiveCultural Foundations of Spiritual Development
211
The Relationship Between Moral and Spiritual Development
224
The Relationship Between Spiritual Development
239
The Relation Between Spiritual Development and Identity Processes
252
Personality and Spiritual Development
266
Introduction to Part IV
281
Introduction to Part VI
419
From Social Science
435
Integrating Spiritual Development Into Child
445
Bridging to Public Policy and Civil Society
458
Strengthening the Research Foundation
473
Author Index
499
Subject Index
517
About the Editors
531
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About the author (2006)

Eugene C. Roehlkepartain is senior adviser in the office of the president, Search Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he provides leadership for research, publishing, training, and consulting projects that focus on spiritual development, as well as the institute’s work with congregations of all faiths. Roehlkepartain has written more than 25 books and reports, and numerous newspaper, magazine, and journal articles on youth development, families and parenting, community building, religious and spiritual development, and related issues. In addition to editing this volume, he is a coeditor of Religious Perspectives on Spirituality in Childhood and Adolescence (2005). He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and religion from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Pamela Ebstyne King serves as research assistant professor of psychology in the Center for Research in Child and Adolescent Development in the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Her primary research and teaching interests include positive youth development, spiritual and moral development, and theological perspectives of development. She is particularly interested in enabling thriving through families, congregations, schools, and youth-serving organizations. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Dr. King has a background in child, youth, and adult ministry; a master’s of divinity; and Ph.D. in family studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. She was a visiting scholar under the Divinity Faculty at Cambridge University and did her postdoctoral work at the Stanford Center on Adolescence. Dr. King is a coauthor of The Reciprocating Self: Human Development in Theological Perspective (2005). Her research has been published in Developmental Psychology, Applied Developmental Science, the Journal of Early Adolescence, and the Journal of Psychology and Christianity.

Peter L. Benson is president of Search Institute, which provides leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities. He has written extensively in adolescent development, altruism, spiritual development, and thriving in adolescence. He serves as principal investigator for Search Institute’s initiative on spiritual development in childhood and adolescence. In 1991, he received the William James Award for career contributions to the psychology of religion from the American Psychological Association. Dr. Benson is the author or editor of numerous books and articles, including Developmental Assets and Asset-Building Communities, All Kids Are Our Kids: What Communities Must Do to Raise Caring and Responsible Children and Adolescents, and Religion on Capitol Hill: Myths and Realities. He is general editor for the Search Institute Series on Developmentally Attentive Community and Society, published by Springer. He holds a doctorate in experimental social psychology from the University of Denver.

Linda M. Wagener is associate professor of psychology and associate dean of the graduate school of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, where she is also codirector of the Center for Research in Child and Adolescent Development. Her research interests include positive youth development, with a particular focus on the spiritual, religious, and moral development of adolescence. Dr. Wagener is currently a principal investigator on an adolescent violence prevention grant from the United States Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.