Spirituality and religion can be important to adolescent development. At this stage, adolescents on the cusp of adulthood may struggle with faith and whether to believe in organized religion or a higher spiritual power. Specifically, as individuals begin to engage in critical thought, questions may arise around the ideas of, “Who is God?”, “Does God exist?”, “What is life?”, “Why are we here?”, “Why am I here?”, and “What happens when we die?” As part of identity development, adolescents become capable of critical thought, including the asking of the question, “What do I believe?” Answers to these questions can be a journey involving cognitive processing and intense emotional sensitivity. These answers may further be impacted by the influences encountered within the individual’s lives. For this reason, it is important to explore the challenges in adolescent spiritual development as well as to highlight the major theoretical frameworks that inform and shape this understanding.
In this Assignment, you analyze theoretical perspectives related to spiritual or religious development in adolescents.
Submit a 2- to 4-page paper in which you:
- Identify and analyze a theoretical perspective on spiritual and religious development during adolescence (e.g., Fowler’s stages of faith development).
- Identify one to two psychological and social challenges in adolescent spiritual development.
- Explain how exposure to beliefs or ideologies counter to an adolescent’s own family values may impact his or her moral development.
- Explain the correlation of spirituality with an adolescent’s sense of well-being, life attitudes, altruism, school success, and identity development.