Who am I? What is my purpose? Have you ever asked yourself these questions? You’re not alone. Every teenager at one time or another has asked these questions. It’s the answers that are hard to figure out. Searching for a sense of meaning and purpose in life is not easy. However, you can do a few things that will help you discover the answers. One of the most important is discovering your spirituality. This 2-page fact sheet was written by Larry Forthun and Angelica Johns and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, May 2011.
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Christian Smith and Robert Faris, Religion and American Adolescent Delinquency, Risk Behaviors, and Constructive Social Activities: A Research Report of the National Study of Youth and Religion, Number 1. Accessed May 9, 2011. http://www.youthandreligion.org/sites/youthandreligion.org/files/imported/publications/docs/RiskReport1.pdf.
Eugene Roehlkepartain, Pamela Ebstyne King, Linda Wagener, and Peter L. Benson (eds.), The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence, (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2006). https://doi.org/10.4135/9781412976657
"How your child may be developing spirituality: Ages 10-14," The Search Institute. Accessed May 9, 2011. http://www.search-institute.org/csd/articles/nurturing/10-14.