Balswick, J. O., King, P. E., & Reimer, K. S. (2016). The reciprocating self: Human development in theological perspective (2nd ed.). Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic.

Link for Purchase: ivpacademic.com Book Description (from publisher): This revised and expanded second edition presents a model of human development that ranges across all of life’s stages, based on a theologically grounded understanding of the nature of persons and the self. The authors do this by drawing on a biblical model of relationality, where the created goal or purpose of human development …

King, P. E., & Whitney, W. (2015). What’s the ‘positive’ in positive psychology: Teleological considerations based on creation and imago doctrines. Journal of Psychology and Theology 43(1), 47-59.

Click Here for Fuller Seminary PsycINFO Link Abstract: While positive psychology has considered a social science perspective of optimal development and living, a pressing question for the integration of psychology and theology is to consider what Christian theology suggests is essential for humans to thrive. Recognizing that God’s purposeful action in creation has a telos, that is, a goal or purpose for humankind, propels Christian psychologists …

King, P. E., & Boyatzis, C. (2015). Religious and spiritual development in childhood and adolescence

Link for Download / Purchase: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118136853.html Book Description (From Publisher): The Handbook of Child Psychology and Developmental Science, a four-volume reference, is the most comprehensive, authoritative text in the field. First published in 1946, and now in its Seventh Edition, the Handbook has long been considered the definitive guide to the field of developmental science.

Carr, D. R., King, P. E., & Meier, A. M. (2014). Purpose and spirituality: Exploring the role of fidelity in diverse adolescents

Available at: http://jyd.pitt.edu/ojs/jyd/article/viewFile/56/42 Abstract: Purpose is understood to reflect young people’s stable and generalized commitments to accomplish meaningful activity and contribute productively to society. Religion has been linked with purpose; however, the nature of this relationship is not well understood. Given that purpose and religion involve beliefs and devotion, the current study examined fidelity as a means of understanding this …

King, P. E. & Clardy, C. E. (2014). Prevention and the promotion of thriving in children and adolescents.

Link for Download / Purchase: http://www.ivpress.com/cgi-ivpress/book.pl/code=2855 Description (From Publisher): Since its origin in the early 1980s, the field of developmental psychopathology has become a highly influential framework for approaching the clinical treatment of children. Until now there has been no effort to integrate this framework with a Christian understanding of psychopathology. Read more: http://www.ivpress.com/cgi-ivpress/book.pl/code=2855#ixzz44awQefwd

King, P. E., Clardy, C. E., & Ramos, J. R. (2014). Adolescent spiritual exemplars: Exploring adolescent spirituality among diverse youth.

Click Here for Fuller Seminary PsycINFO Link Abstract: “This qualitative study aimed to develop theory about psychological constructs relevant to spiritual development in diverse adolescents. Exemplar and Consensual Qualitative Research methods were used to explore 30 interviews of adolescents aged 12 to 21 years (M = 17.73 years) representing eight religions and six countries from around the world. Participants were nominated for living with profound spirituality within their own culture …

Whitney, W. & King, P. E. (2014). Emerging adults and religious participation

Link for Purchase: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/emerging-adults-religiousness-and-spirituality-9780199959181?cc=us&lang=en&# Description (From Website): “Although most American children are raised in a faith tradition, by the time they reach their early twenties their outward religious expression declines significantly, with many leaving the faith in which they were raised in favor of another faith or none at all, though many still claim that religion and spirituality are important. Reasons …

King, P. E., Ramos, J. S. & Clardy, C. E. (2013). Searching for the sacred: Religious and spiritual development among adolescents. In K. Pargament (Ed.-in-Chief), J. Exline & J. Jones (Assoc. Eds.), APA handbook of psychology, religion, and spirituality: Vol 1. Context, theory, and research (pp. 513-528). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association

King, P. E., Ramos, J. S. & Clardy, C. E. (2013). Searching for the sacred: Religious and spiritual development among adolescents. In K. Pargament (Ed.-in-Chief), J. Exline & J. Jones (Assoc. Eds.), APA handbooks in psychology: APA handbook of psychology, religion, and spirituality: Vol 1. (pp. 513–528). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association