Aspects of Spirituality in Adolescents

Bussing, A, Foller-Mancini, A, Gidley, J and Heusser, P 2010, 'Aspects of Spirituality in Adolescents', International Journal of Children's Spirituality, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 25-44.

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Title Aspects of Spirituality in Adolescents
Author(s) Bussing, A
Foller-Mancini, A
Gidley, J
Heusser, P
Year 2010
Journal name International Journal of Children's Spirituality
Volume number 15
Issue number 1
Start page 25
End page 44
Total pages 19
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This paper analyses which aspects of spirituality are valued by adolescents, and how they are interconnected with youths' life satisfaction and 'self-centeredness'. The participants were 254 adolescents (11th grade) of four different high schools from west Germany. After re-validation of the 6-factorial student's version of the ASP questionnaire (ASP-S, Cronbach's alpha = .90), we found that they appreciated most Conscious interactions, Compassion / Generosity and Aspiring for Beauty / Wisdom, while particularly Religious orientation / Prayer (Trust in God), esoteric Transcendence conviction, or Quest orientation were of lower relevance. The importance of these aspects of spirituality is known to increase with higher age. The correlation pattern between aspects of spirituality and life satisfaction dimensions differed remarkably between female and male adolescents. In particular Conscious interactions correlated with future prospects in females, while in males it correlated much better with family life and school situation. It became obvious that the non-formal aspects of spirituality in terms of relational consciousness are still vital, particularly secular humanism (i.e. Conscious interactions, Compassion / Generosity). These findings may have implications for religious educational programmes.
Subject Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) adolescents
mutual consideration
DOI - identifier 10.1080/13644360903565524
Copyright notice © Taylor and Francis
ISSN 1364436X
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