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This site includes materials from many faith traditions, including information appropriate for young people.  FaithResource focuses on positive aspects of spiritual searching.  It includes, however, information on spiritual abuse, so that seekers can defend against the manipulations and sophistry that are sometimes encountered within the spiritual-religious marketplace.

Orthodox Research Institute - Adolescent Spirituality

National Study of Youth & Religion - Spirituality Resources


Search Institute - Adolescent Spirituality


Batten, Michelle and Kevin Ann Oltjenbruns. (1999). “Adolescent Sibling Bereavement as a Catalyst for Spiritual Development: A Model for Understanding.” Death Studies vol. 23, pp. 529-546.

Cervantes, Joseph M. and Oscar Ramirez. (1992). “Spirituality and Family Dynamics in Psychotherapy with Latino Children.” Pp. 103-128 in Working with Culture: Psychotherapeutic Interventions with Ethnic Minority Children and Adolescents. The Jossey Bass Social and Behavioral Science Series, edited by Luis A. Vargas and Joan D. Koss-Chioino. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Inc, Publishers.

Crawford, Marisa L. and Graham M. Rossiter. (1996). “The Secular Spirituality of Youth: Implications for Religious Education.” British Journal of Religious Education vol. 18, pp. 133-143.

Dean, Kenda Creasy. (2000). “X-Files and Unknown Gods: The Search for Truth with Postmodern Adolescents.” American Baptist Quarterly vol. 19, pp. 3-21.

Dienelt, Karl. (1984). “The Quest for Meaning among Today's Youth.” International Forum for Logotherapy vol. 7, pp. 89-95.

Dorsa, Deanna. (1995). “The Importance of Ritual to Children.” Thesis, California Inst of Integral Studies.

Elliott, Karen. (1992). “Adolescent Spirituality: Razzle Dazzle or Rock Solid.” Liturgical Ministry vol. 1, pp. 65-67.


Br. (1996). “Our Pilgrimage with Young People.” Ecumenism vol. 124, pp. 10-15.

Hackerman, Ann E. and Paul King. (1998). “Adolescent Spirituality: A Foundation for Recovery from Drug Dependency.” Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly vol. 16, p. 89.

Holder, David W., Robert H. Durant, Treniece L. Harris, Jessica Henderson Daniel, Dawn Obeidallah, and Elizabeth Goodman. (2000). “The Association between Adolescent Spirituality and Voluntary Sexual Activity.” Journal of Adolescent Health vol. 26, pp. 295-302.


Hutson, S. R. (2000). “The Rave: Spiritual Healing in Modern Western Subcultures.” Anthropological Quarterly vol. 73, pp. 35-49.

Keary, Dermot M. (1968). “Adolescent Spirituality.” Religious Education vol. 63, pp. 376-383.

Lamport, Mark A. (1990). “Adolescent Spirituality: Age of Conversion and Factors of Development.” Christian Education Journal pp. 17-30.

Lealman, Brenda. (1991). “Young People, Spirituality, and the Future.” Religious Education vol. 86, pp. 265-274.

Lindsey, Elizabeth W., P. David Kurtz, Sara Jarvis, Nancy R. Williams, and Larry Nackerud. (2000). “How Runaway and Homeless Youth Navigate Troubled Waters: Personal Strengths and Resources.” Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal vol. 17, pp. 115-140.

MacDonald, D. A. (2000). “Spirituality: Description, Measurement, and Relation to the Five Factor Model of Personality.” Journal of Personality vol. 68, pp. 153-197. 

Massey, Steven Duane. (1999). “A Study of the Relationship between Resilience and Spirituality among High Risk Youth.” Ed.D. Thesis, University of Minnesota.

Mize, Anne Brownson. (1995). “Children's Spirituality and Nature: In Their Words.” Thesis, The Union Institute, Cincinnati.

Myers, Barbara Kimes. (1997). “Young Children and Spirituality.” Chicago Theological Seminary Register vol. 87, pp. 52-53.

Navarro, Jay, Stan Wilson, Lawrence R. Berger, and Timothy Taylor. (1997). “Substance Abuse and Spirituality: A Program for Native American Students.” American Journal of Health Behavior vol. 21, pp. 3-11.

Oetting, E. R. (1999). “Primary Socialization Theory. Developmental Stages, Spirituality, Government Institutions, Sensation Seeking, and Theoretical Implications. V.” Substance Use & Misuse vol. 34, pp. 947-982.

O'Malley, W. J. (1992). “The Grail Quest: Male Spirituality.” America vol. 5, p. 402.

Pfund, R. (2000). “Nurturing a Child's Spirituality.” Journal of Child Health Care vol. 4, pp. 143-148.

Piedmont, R. L. (2001). “Spiritual Transcendence and the Scientific Study of Spirituality.” Journal of Rehabilitation vol. 67, pp. 4-14.

Pittenger, William Norman. (1972). “Return to "Spirituality"?” Religion in Life pp. 311-316.

Saunders, Gary Paul. (1999). “The Relationship of Spirituality to Adolescents' Responses to Loss.” Thesis, Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, Milwaukee.



Davis, Patricia H. (2001). Beyond Nice: The Spiritual Wisdom of Adolescent Girls. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.

Foster, Richard. (1998) Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. HarperSanFrancisco, 256pp.


Foster, Richard. (1992) Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home. HarperSanFrancisco, 288pp.

Fuller, Sheri and Ron Luce. (2002) When Teens Pray: Powerful Stories of How God Works. Multnomah, 180pp.

Healy, Mark. (2000). Spiritualized: A Look inside the Teenage Soul. New York: AlloyBooks.

Hoover, Brett. (1998) Losing Your Religion, Finding Your Faith: Spirituality and Young Adults. Paulist Press, 160pp.

Rabey, Steve. (2001). In Search of Authentic Faith: How Emerging Generations Are Transforming the Church. Colorado Springs, Colo.: Waterbrook Press.

Schaeffer, Francis August (1979). True Spirituality. Tyndale House Publishers.

Sheldon, C. (1983). Adolescent spirituality: Pastoral ministry for high school and college youth. Chicago: Loyola Press. A very helpful text for those who would thoughtfully and realistically minister to and counsel today’s adolescents.

Smith, Christian and Melinda Lundquist Denton. (2005) Soul Searching : The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers. Oxford University Press, 358pp.

(1997). The Spirituality of Young People. London: The Way Publications.

Yaconelli, Mike (2002). Messy Spirituality: God's annoying love for imperfect people. Zondervan.
Yaconelli explores the perfectionism that plagues so many in the church, an examination that is both challenging and deeply personal. He addresses unspoken assumptions in today's church context, arguing, for example, that the church "has communicated that competence is one of the fruits of the Spirit." Includes vivid stories, where he expounds on the idea of grace lost and found again in the church