In Search of the Spiritual: Adolescent Transitions as Portals to the Spirit Self

Part of the International Handbooks of Religion and Education book series (IHRE, volume 3)

Abstract

Certain internal and external descriptions of youth during adolescence inspire inquiry into their development of the spiritual dimension. These descriptions are seen throughout developmental theories, while in clinical practice, there is growing interest in how the spiritual dimension may have promise, even urgency, in the key developmental years of adolescence. This chapter offers a selection of these developmental descriptions, my clinical observations, as well as first-hand accounts from youth themselves that support the call for education of the spiritual dimension during adolescent development. A holistic model of human development will be presented as a tool to set the context for adolescent education through mid- to late adolescence.

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  1. 1.Global Learning PartnersCalaisUSA

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