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Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence

Edited by Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Pamela Ebstyne King, Ph.D, Linda Wagener, Ph.D, and Peter Benson, Ph.D
2006, 7 x 10, 560 pages.
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“Research into spiritual development during childhood and adolescence has . . . yearned for the stimulus of integration, cross-fertilization, and internationalization, 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 Ph.D., Sc.D., D.D., University of Wales, Bangor, UK

Editors: Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Pamela Ebstyne King, Linda Wagener, Peter L. Benson

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.
The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence is a key resource for academics, researchers, and students in departments of psychology, family studies, and religious studies. It is particularly useful for courses in developmental psychology, human development (especially child and adolescent development), psychology of religion, and sociology of religion. It also will be invaluable for professionals working with young people, including educators, religious leaders, and health practitioners.