Religion and Congregations


Growing Up Generous: Engaging Youth in Giving and Serving, Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Elanah Dalyah Naftali, and Laura Musegades
The Teaching Church: Moving Christian Education to Center Stage, Eugene C. Roehlkepartain

Research Reports

Is There Common Ground? An Exploratory Study of the Interests and Needs of Community-Based and Faith-Based Youth Workers, Pam Garza, Stephanie Artman, and Eugene C. Roehlkepartain
Youth Development in Congregations: An Exploration of the Potential and Barriers, Eugene C. Roehlkepartain and Peter C. Scales
The Attitudes and Needs of Religious Youth Workers, Peter C. Scales, Dale A. Blyth, James J. Conway, Michael J. Donahue, Jennifer Griffin-Wiesner, and Eugene C. Roehlkepartain
Shema: Listening to Jewish Youth, Nancy Leffert and Hayim Herring

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Youth in Protestant Churches: A Search Institute Research Report, Eugene C. Roehlkepartain and Peter L. Benson
Effective Christian Education: A National Study of Protestant Congregations, Peter L. Benson and Carolyn H. Eklin

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Research Briefs

Early Spirituality and Religious Participation Linked to Later Adolescent Well-Being, Peter C. Scales
Spirituality and Adolescent Well-Being: Selected New Statistics, Peter C. Scales
Uniting Congregations for Youth Development: Lessons Learned, Eugene C. Roehlkepartain

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Scholarly Chapters

Benson, P. L., Donahue, M. J., & Erickson, J. A. (1993). The faith maturity scale: Conceptualization, measurement, and empirical validation. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 5, 1-26.

Benson, P. L., Masters, K. S., & Larson, D. B. (1997). Religious influences on child and adolescent development. In N.E. Alessi (Ed.), Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (pp. 206-219). New York: Wiley.

Donahue, M. D. & Benson, P. L. (1995). Religion and the well-being of adolescents. Journal of Social Issues, 51(2), 145-160.

Roehlkepartain, E. C. (2006). Faith maturity. In E. M. Dowling and W. G. Scarlett (Eds.) Encyclopedia of religious and spiritual development (pp. 161-163). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Roehlkepartain, E. C. (2003). Building strengths, deepening faith: Understanding and enhancing youth development in Protestant congregations. In R. M. Lerner, F. Jacobs, & D. Wertlieb (Eds.). Handbook of applied developmental science, vol. 3: Promoting positive youth and family development (pp. 515-534). Thousand Oaks, CA; Sage.

Roehlkepartain, E. C. (2003). Making room at the table for everyone: Interfaith engagement in positive child and adolescent development. In R. M. Lerner, F. Jacobs, & D. Wertlieb (Eds.). Handbook of applied developmental science, vol. 3: Promoting positive youth and family development (pp. 535-563). Thousand Oaks, CA; Sage.

Roehlkepartain, E. C. (1994). The thinking climate: A missing ingredient in youth ministry? Christian Education Journal, 15, 53-63.

Roehlkepartain, E. C., & Benson, P. L. (in press). Children, religion, and spiritual development: Reframing a research agenda. In A. Ben-Arieh, J. Cashmore, G. S. Goodman, J. Kampmann, & G. B. Melton (Eds.). Handbook of child research. London: Sage.

Roehlkepartain, E. C., & Patel, E. (2006). Congregations: Unexamined crucibles of spiritual development. In E. C. Roehlkepartain, P. E. King, L. M. Wagener, and P. L. Benson. The handbook of spiritual development in childhood and adolescence (pp. 324-336). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Wagener, L. M., Furrow, J. L., King, P. E., Leffert, N., & Benson, P. L. (2003). Religious involvement and developmental resources in youth. Review of Religious Research, 44(3), 271-284.