Spirituality as a positive youth development construct: A conceptual review

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Abstract

The concept of spirituality as a positive youth development construct is reviewed in this chapter. Both broad and narrow definitions of spirituality are examined and a working definition of spirituality is proposed. Regarding theories of spirituality, different models pertinent to spiritual development and the relationship between spirituality and positive youth development are highlighted. Different ecological factors, particularly family and peer influences were found to influence spirituality. Research on the influence of spirituality on adolescent developmental outcomes is examined. Finally, ways to promote adolescent spirituality are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPositive Youth Development
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Research and Application
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages1-12
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781620813058
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012

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  • Social Sciences(all)

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