Exploring the spiritual needs of adolescent girls.

Zhang, Kaili (2010) Exploring the spiritual needs of adolescent girls. Religion and Education, 37 (2). pp. 146-161. ISSN 1550-7394

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Exploring the spiritual needs of adolescent girls
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Arguing that spiritual growth is part and parcel of the personal, social and emotional
development, education and care of all adolescents, this paper explores some key issues
on the spiritual needs of adolescent girls within the context of holistic education. Spiritual
needs refer primarily to the search for personal meaning, purpose and identity in life, as
well as connectedness with others, whether divine or human. Adopting a theoretical
approach based on a literature review on the development issues adolescent girls face,
this paper identifies and discusses four spiritual needs of adolescent girls: body image, a
sense of self, relationships, and future. This paper further suggests some practical ways
for educators to foster spiritual development in the adolescent girls.

Keywords:adolescent girls; spirituality; spiritual development; spiritual needs
Subjects:X Education > X130 Training Teachers - Secondary
X Education > X100 Training Teachers
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:45964
Deposited On:05 Aug 2021 15:36

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