Religion and Spirituality as Resource for Positive Youth Development

Project Lead: Dr. Pamela Ebstyne King
Doctoral Student Researchers: Brook Fullmer Yetter
Project Dates: Ongoing

This ongoing research program draws on various existing data sets in order to explore how religion and spirituality serve as developmental resources for adolescents. In addition to exploring positive correlates related to various religious and spirituality variables, these studies also explore the mechanisms behind these relationships.

 

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.

King, P. E., & Boyatzis C. (2015). Religious and spiritual development in childhood and adolescence. In M. E. Lamb & C. G. Coll (Eds.), Social and Emotional Issues (pp. 975-1021). Vol. 3 of the Handbook of Child Psychology and Developmental Science (7th ed.). Editor-in-chief: R. M. Lerner. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Carr, D. R., King, P. E., & Meier, A. M. (2014). Purpose and spirituality: Exploring the role of fidelity in diverse adolescents. Journal of Youth Development: Bridging Research to Practice. 5-15.

King, P. E., & Clardy, C. E. (2014). Prevention and the promotion of thriving in children and adolescents. In K. S. Flanagan & S. E. Hall (Eds.), Christianity and developmental psychopathology: Theory and application for working with youth (pp. 179-202). Naperville, IL: InterVarsity Press.

King, P. E., Clardy, C. E., & Ramos, J. S. (2014). Adolescent spiritual exemplars: Exploring spirituality in the lives of diverse youth. Journal of Adolescent Research, 29(2), 186-212.

King, P. E., Ramos, J. S., & Clardy, C. E. (2013). Searching for the sacred: Religion, spirituality, and adolescent development. In K. I. Pargament, J. J. Exline, & J. W. Jones (Eds.), APA handbook of psychology, religion, and spirituality: Vol. 1. Context, theory, and research (pp. 513-528). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association.

Quagliana, H. L., King, P. E., Quagliana, D. P., & Wagener, L. M. (2013). Spiritually oriented interventions in developmental context. In D. F. Walker & W. L. Hathaway (Eds.), Spiritual interventions in child and adolescent psychotherapy (pp. 89-110). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. doi:10.1037/13947-005

King, P. E. (2011). Afterword: Where do we go from here? In A. Warren, R. M. Lerner, and E. Phelps (Eds.), Thriving and spirituality among youth: Research perspectives and future possibilities. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

King, P. E., Carr, A. & Boitor, C. (2011). Spirituality, religiosity, and youth thriving. In R. M. Lerner, J. V. Lerner, and J. B. Benson (Eds.), Advances in child development and behavior: Vol. 41. Positive youth development: Research and applications for promoting thriving in adolescence. Amsterdam: Elsevier Press.

Clardy, C. E., & King, P. E. (2010). Adolescent religious involvement. In B. Brown & M. Prinstein (Eds.), Encyclopedia of adolescence. Amsterdam: Elsevier Press.

King, P. E., Ramos, J. S., & Clardy, C. E. (2010). Religion & spirituality in diverse adolescents. In D. P. Swanson, M. C. Edwards, & M. B. Spencer (Eds.), Adolescence: Development during a global era (pp. 415-446). Amsterdam: Elsevier Press.

Bundick, M. J., Yeager, D. S., King, P. E., & Damon, W. (2010). Thriving across the life span. In W. F. Overton, & R. M. Lerner (Eds.), The Handbook of Life-Span Development, Vol. 1. Cognition, biology, and methods (pp. 882-923). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons .

King, P. E., & Roeser, R. W. (2009). Religion and spirituality in adolescent development. In R. M. Lerner, & L. Steinberg (Eds.), Handbook of Adolescent Psychology: Vol. 1. Individual bases of adolescent development (3rd ed.) (pp. 435-478). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons .

King, P. E. (2008). Spirituality as fertile ground for positive youth development. In R. M. Lerner, R. W. Roeser, & E. Phelps (Eds.), Positive youth development and spirituality: From theory to research (pp. 55-73). West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Foundation Press.

King, P. E., & Furrow, J. L. (2008). Religion as a resource for positive youth development: Religion, social capital, and moral outcomes. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 1(1), 34-49.

King, P. E. (2007). Asset building in youth: Do you treat them as half empty or as half full? In K. Powell (Ed.), Theology, News and Notes, Fall.

King, P. E. (2007). Religion and positive youth development. In R. K. Silbereisen & R. M. Lerner (Eds.), Positive development: Linking individuals, communities and social policies (pp. 227-242). London: Sage Publications.

King, P. E. (2006). The faith factor: Kids and God. In W. Gooden (Ed.), Theology, News and Notes, Winter.

King, P. E., & Benson, P. L. (2006). Spiritual development and adolescent well-being and thriving. In E. C. Roehlkepartain, P. E. King, L. Wagener, & P. L. Benson (Eds.), The handbook of spiritual development in childhood and adolescence (pp. 384-398). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Powell, K., King, P. E., & Schwartz, K. (2006). Holistic ministry in the inner city. Journal of Student Ministries, 1(4).

Roehlkepartain, E. C., Benson, P. L., King, P. E., & Wagener, L. M. (2006). Spiritual development in childhood and adolescence: Mapping the terrain. In E. C. Roehlkepartain, P. E. King, L. M. Wagener, & P. L. Benson (Eds.), The handbook of spiritual development in childhood and adolescence (pp. 1-15). Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.

Roehlkepartain, G., King, P. E., Wagener, L. M., and Benson, P. L. (2006). The handbook of spiritual development in childhood and adolescence. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Balswick, J. O., King, P. E., & Reimer, K. S. (2005). The reciprocating self: A theological perspective of development. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic .

Benson, P. L., & King, P. E. (2005). Religion and adolescent development. In H. R. Ebaugh (Ed.), The handbook of religion and social institutions. New York: Springer.

King, P. E. (2005). The hopeful lens of positive youth development. In D. McConnell (Ed.), Theology, News and Notes, Fall.

King, P.E., Cantrell, M., Clark, J., & Abraham, M. (2005). Key informants of spiritual development: Emerging issues in the field of spiritual development. White Paper for Search Institute.

King, P. E. (2004). The religious social context of Korean and American youth. In H. Alexander (Ed.), Spirituality and ethics in education: Philosophical, theological, and cultural perspectives. East Sussex, England: Sussex Academic Press.

King, P. E., & Furrow, J. L. (2004). Religion as a resource for positive youth development: Religion, social capital, and moral outcomes. Developmental Psychology, 40(5), 703-713.

King, P. E., & Boyatzis, C. J. (2004). Editors’ introduction: Exploring adolescent spiritual and religious development: Current and future theoretical and empirical perspectives. Applied Developmental Science, 8, 2-6.

Furrow, J. L., King, P. E., & White, K. (2004). Religion and positive youth development: Identity, meaning, and prosocial concerns. Applied Developmental Science, 8(1), 17-26.

King, P. E. (2003). Religion and identity: The role of ideological, social, and spiritual contexts. Applied Developmental Sciences, 7(3), 197-204.