The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence

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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

MOVING TO THE SCIENTIFIC MAINSTREAM
1
FOUNDATIONS FOR THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE
17
2 TOWARD A DEVELOPMENTAL ANALYSIS OF RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
21
REFLECTIONS ON THREE DECADES OF FAITH DEVELOPMENT THEORY
34
INTERSECTIONS AND DIVERGENCE WITH RELIGIOUS DEVELOPMENT
46
SPIRITUALITY AND THE PROMOTION OF POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
60
6 PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES IN SPIRITUAL EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
73
7 MEASUREMENT AND RESEARCH DESIGN IN STUDYING SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
92
20 ETHNICITY CULTURE AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
283
21 THE FAMILY AS A CONTEXT FOR RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN AND YOUTH
297
PEER AND NONPARENT INFLUENCES ON SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
310
UNEXAMINED CRUCIBLES FOR SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
324
DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOMES OF SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
337
UNEXPLORED TERRITORY IN THE REALM OF SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
341
25 RESILIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY IN YOUTH
355
A QUEST FOR MORAL AND SPIRITUAL INTEGRITY?
371

DESCRIPTIVE APPROACHES TO SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
105
INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES
109
9 THE CHANGING GLOBAL CONTEXT OF ADOLESCENT SPIRITUALITY
124
10 SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS PATHOLOGY IN CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE
137
A CASE STUDY FROM WEST AFRICA
150
12 SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES AND CAPACITIES OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH
163
SPIRITUALITY AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT EXPLORING CONNECTIONS
179
13 A NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE ON SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
183
14 ATTACHMENT AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE
197
15 COGNITIVECULTURAL FOUNDATIONS OF SPIRITUALDEVELOPMENT
211
16 THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MORAL AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
224
17 THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT AND CIVIC DEVELOPMENT
239
18 THE RELATION BETWEEN SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT AND IDENTITY PROCESSES
252
19 PERSONALITY AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
266
27 SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT AND ADOLESCENT WELLBEINGAND THRIVING
384
28 RELIGION SPIRITUALITY AND CHILDRENS PHYSICAL HEALTH
399
TOWARD THE FUTURE IN PRACTICEPOLICY AND RESEARCH
417
A CHILDCENTERED APPROACH
421
FROM SOCIAL SCIENCE TO CONGREGATIONS RESEARCHERS TO PRACTITIONERS
435
31 INTEGRATING SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT INTO CHILD AND YOUTH CARE PROGRAMS AND INSTITUTIONS
445
32 BRIDGING TO PUBLIC POLICY AND CIVIL SOCIETY
458
STRENGTHENING THE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
473
DEFINITIONAL THEORETICAL AND FIELDBUILDING CHALLENGES
484
AUTHOR INDEX
499
SUBJECT INDEX
517
ABOUT THE EDITORS
531
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
533
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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.

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.

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.

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