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.
|Title of host publication||Positive Youth Development|
|Subtitle of host publication||Theory, Research and Application|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers, Inc.|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2012|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)