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The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence

The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence

July 2012 | 560 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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.

Key Features:

Presents a wealth of interdisciplinary theory and research, as well as proposals for future areas of inquiry, to help move spiritual development into a mainstream field of learning

Provides the first comprehensive collection of social science research on spiritual development in childhood and adolescence to introduce the topic engagingly to students

Features the works of scholars from around the world in multiple disciplines (psychology, sociology, anthropology, medicine, and educational philosophy) to present a diversity of traditions and approaches

Includes introductions to the volume as well as to each section that provide overviews and syntheses of key concepts.

Editors’ Preface
Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Peter L. Benson, Pamela Ebstyne King, and Linda M. Wagener
1. Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence: Moving to the Scientific Mainstream
W. George Scarlett
2. Toward a Developmental Analysis of Religious and Spiritual Development
James W. Fowler and Mary Lynn Dell
3. Stages of Faith From Infancy Through Adolescence: Reflections on Three Decades of Faith Development Theory
David Hay, K. Helmut Reich, and Michael Utsch
4. Spiritual Development: Intersections and Divergence With Religious Development
Richard M. Lerner, Amy E. Alberts, Pamela M. Anderson, and Elizabeth M. Dowling
5. On Making Humans Human: Spirituality and the Promotion of Positive Youth Development
Hanan A. Alexander and David Carr
6. Philosophical Issues in Spiritual Education and Development
Richard L. Gorsuch and Donald Walker
7. Measurement and Research Design in Studying Spiritual Development
Laura H. Lippman and Julie Dombrowski Keith
8. The Demographics of Spirituality Among Youth: International Perspectives
Suman Verma and Madelene Sta. Maria
9. The Changing Global Context of Adolescent Spirituality
Linda M. Wagener and H. Newton Malony
10. Spiritual and Religious Pathology in Childhood and Adolescence
Alma Gottlieb
11. Non-Western Approaches to Spiritual Development Among Infants and Young Children: A Case Study From West Africa
Tobin Hart
12. Spiritual Experiences and Capacities of Children and Youth
Andrew B. Newberg and Stephanie K. Newberg
13. A Neuropsychological Perspective of Spiritual Development
Pehr Granqvist and Jane R. Dickie
14. Attachment and Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence
Carl N. Johnson and Chris J. Boyatzis
15. Cognitive-Cultural Foundations of Spiritual Development
Lawrence J. Walker and Kevin S. Reimer
16. The Relationship Between Moral and Spiritual Development
Thomas M. Donnelly, M. Kyle Matsuba, Daniel Hart, and Robert Atkins
17. The Relationship Between Spiritual Development and Civic Development
Janice L. Templeton and Jacquelynne S. Eccles
18. The Relation Between Spiritual Development and Identity Processes
Teresa T. Kneezel and Robert A. Emmons
19. Personality and Spiritual Development
Jacqueline S. Mattis, Muninder K. Ahluwalia, Sheri-Ann E. Cowie, and Aria M. Kirkland-Harris
20. Ethnicity, Culture, and Spiritual Development
Chris J. Boyatzis, David C. Dollahite, and Loren D. Marks
21. The Family as a Context for Religious and Spiritual Development in Children and Youth
Kelly Dean Schwartz, William M. Bukowski, and Wayne T. Aoki
22. Mentors, Friends, and Gurus: Peer and Nonparent Influences on Spiritual Development
Eugene C. Roehlkepartain and Eboo Patel
23. Congregations: Unexamined Crucibles for Spiritual Development
Annette Mahoney, Sara Pendleton, and Heidi Ihrke
24. Religious Coping by Children and Adolescents: Unexplored Territory in the Realm of Spiritual Development
Emily Crawford, Margaret O’Dougherty Wright, and Ann S. Masten
25. Resilience and Spirituality in Youth
Ronnie Frankel Blakeney and Charles David Blakeney
26. Delinquency: A Quest for Moral and Spiritual Integrity?
Pamela Ebstyne King and Peter L. Benson
27. Spiritual Development and Adolescent Well-Being and Thriving
Doug Oman and Carl E. Thoresen
28. Religion, Spirituality, and Children’s Physical Health
Lisa Miller and Brien Kelley
29. Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy With Youth: A Child-Centered Approach
Dean Borgman
30. Bridging the Gap: From Social Science to Congregations, Researchers to Practitioners
Daniel G. Scott and Douglas Magnuson
31. Integrating Spiritual Development Into Child and Youth Care Programs and Institutions
Steve Hornberger, Roberta Furtick Jones, and Robert L. Miller Jr.
32. Bridging to Public Policy and Civil Society
Donald Ratcliff and Rebecca NyeDonald Ratcliff and Rebecca Nye
33. Childhood Spirituality: Strengthening the Research Foundation
Peter L. Benson
34. The Science of Child and Adolescent Spiritual Development: Definitional, Theoretical, and Field-Building Challenges
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Editors
About the Contributors

"The editors recognize that spirituality, long neglected by psychologists, has recently come back into fashion.  Because of the long exile, many psychologists are illiterate about religious scholarship.  These editors know the field and are qualified to serve as guides to assist their psychologist colleagues in gaining an introduction and immersion….Timely and worthwhile."

James Youniss
Catholic University of America

“Research into spiritual development during childhood and adolescence has remained fragmented and yearned for the stimulus of integration, cross-fertilisation, and internationalisation, across conceptual boundaries, methodological divisions, religious traditions, and local interests.  The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence sets out to meet this need and does so with skill and with authority, by identifying the key themes and by drawing on the best minds to address those themes.  Research communities and faith communities have been well served by this pioneering initiative.“

The Revd Professor Leslie J Francis PhD, ScD, DD
University of Wales, Bangor, UK

"The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence makes a significant contribution to the breadth of interpretation of the multiple realities related to something we identify as spirituality. The strength of this volume is that it does not settle for one description or one definition of spirituality. Instead, it offers insight into the struggle to define spirituality through the multiple perspectives of the social sciences. The edited volume contributes meaningfully to the work of others who also study the content and context of our spiritual development."

Joretta L. Marshall

"With sixty-seven scholars from four continents and many diverse disciplines contributing as authors to the volume; with fourteen scholars from around the world serving as editorial advisors; with financial support provided by the John Templeton Foundation via Search Institute; with frequent conversations occurring with colleagues at Fuller Theological Seminary; and with the careful attention of editorial work provided by Sage publications, this handbook provides a remarkable contribution toward those ends."  —JOURNAL OF YOUTH AND THEOLOGY

Chris Kiesling
Asbury Theological Seminary
Journal of Youth and Theology (2007)

Eugene C. Roehlkepartain

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... More About Author

Pamela Ebstyne King

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... More About Author

Linda M. Wagener

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. More About Author

Peter L. Benson

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... More About Author

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