Spiritual Development


Spiritual Development: New Directions for Youth Development, Peter L. Benson, Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, and Kay Hong (Editors)
The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence, Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Pamela E. King, Linda M. Wagener, and Peter L. Benson (Editors)
Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality: Perspectives from the World’s Religious Traditions, Karen-Marie Yust, Aostre N. Johnson, Sandy E. Sasso, and Eugene C. Roehlkepartain (Editors)

Research Reports

With Their Own Voices: A Global Exploration of How Today’s Young People Experience and Think about Spiritual Development, Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Peter L. Benson, Peter C. Scales, Lisa Kimball and Pamela E. King

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

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Scholarly Chapters

Benson, P. L, Roehlkepartain, E. C., & Scales, P. C. (2012). Spirituality and positive youth development. In L. Miller (Ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality (pp. 468-485). New York: Oxford University Press.

Benson, P. L., Roehlkepartain, E. C., & Rude, S. P. (2003). Spiritual development in childhood and adolescence: Toward a field of inquiry. Applied Developmental Science, 7(3), 204-212.

Benson, P. L., Scales, P. C., Sesma, A., Jr., & Roehlkepartain, E. C. (2005). Adolescent spirituality. In K. A. Moore & L. Lippman (Eds.). What do children need to flourish? Conceptualizing and measuring indicators of positive development (pp. 25-40). New York: Springer.

Benson, P. L., Scales, P. C., Syvertsen, A. K., & Roehlkepartain E. C. (2012). Is spiritual development a universal process in the lives of youth? An international exploration. Journal of Positive Psychology, 7(6), 453–470. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2012.732102

Kimball, E. M., Mannes, M., & Hackel, A. (2009). Voices of global youth on spirituality and spiritual development: Preliminary findings from a grounded theory study. In M. de Souza, L. J. Francis, J. O’Higgins-Norman, & D. Scott (Eds.), International handbook of education for spirituality, care, and wellbeing (pp. 329–348). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

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., Benson, P. L., Scales, P. C. (2011). Spiritual identity: Contextual perspectives. In S. J. Schwartz, K. Luyckx, & V. L. Vignoles (Eds.). The handbook of identity theory and research: Vol. 2—Domains and categories (pp. 545- 562). New York: Springer.

Scales, P. C, Syvertsen, A. K., Benson, P. L., Roehlkepartain, E. C., & Sesma, A., Jr. (2014). The relation of spiritual development to youth health and well-being: Evidence from a global study. In A. Ben-Arieh, F. Casas, I. Frones, & J. E. Korbin (Eds.) The Handbook of Child Well-Being. (pp. 1101-1135). New York: Springer.