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ERIC Number: EJ935279
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1364-436X
"It's that Knowing that You Are Not Alone": The Role of Spirituality in Adolescent Resilience
Raftopoulos, Mary; Bates, Glen
International Journal of Children's Spirituality, v16 n2 p151-167 2011
This study was an exploratory qualitative investigation into the role of spirituality in adolescent resilience. Using grounded theory techniques, data were gathered from one-on-one in-depth interviews with 15 adolescents about the role of spirituality in their lives. The focal areas examined were: adolescents' understanding of spirituality and perception of whether spiritual beliefs and practices are resourced to overcome life's lowest points. Three dimensions of spirituality emerged: (a) a transcendental perspective expressed, as a relationship with God or a higher power; (b) sense of meaning and (c) connection with the inner self. These dimensions fostered resilience by providing: (a) a sense of protection, comfort and security, (b) a sense of meaning, coherence and optimism and (c) the opportunity for increased self-awareness and self-efficacy. All but one of the participants drew on spiritual resources to overcome low points.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia