Spirituality in children and adolescents: research findings and implications for clinicians and researchers.

TitleSpirituality in children and adolescents: research findings and implications for clinicians and researchers.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsHouskamp, BM, Fisher LA, Stuber ML
JournalChild and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America
Volume13
Issue1
Pagination221-30
Date Published2004 Jan
ISSN1056-4993
KeywordsAdaptation, Psychological, Adolescent, Adolescent Psychology, Adult, Child, Child Psychology, Child, Preschool, Humans, Mental Healing, Personality Assessment, Personality Inventory, Psychotherapy, Religion and Psychology, Spirituality
Abstract

Spirituality is a powerful force in the lives of children. Although spirituality has only recently begun to be a focus for psychiatric research, initial qualitative data suggest that children experience themselves as spiritual beings and that understanding and connecting with them around their spiritual lives can be an important adjunct to treatment. Clinicians should feel free to ask about a child's spiritual life and to work with the family using their spiritual resources if they are perceived to be beneficial in helping the child and family cope with their current situation. Because the work with children's spirituality is in its preliminary stages, qualitative methodology is still the recommended research method for investigating questions in this research area.

DOI10.1111/j.1469-8986.2012.01383.x
Alternate JournalChild Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am