Recently Completed Research Projects
The Role of Spiritual Development in Growth of
Purpose, Generosity, and Psychological Health in Adolescence
This project was a John Templeton Foundation study designed to be
both "field building" and "field defining" in the study of
spirituality and positive youth development during adolescence. The
project ended in August 2009. The project consisted of three
different phases: 1. The assembly of a national group of scholars
interested in studying spirituality and youth development who
collaborate in defining the measures and methods relevant to such a
study; 2. a collaborative, cross-sectional pilot study spanning the
second decade of life; and 3. dissemination of findings and
preparation for the launch of a national longitudinal study of
spirituality and youth development. Through this project we enlarged
the scholarly community directly involved in the study of
spirituality and human development. Our work elucidated the links
among neural growth, generosity, purpose, and exemplary healthy
development during adolescence.
A book entitled Positive Youth Development and Spirituality was
Templeton Press in 2008.
A second book is planned.