Helping Your Teenager Discover Spirituality


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Pre-Teens and Teens


How to Cite

Forthun, Larry, and Angelica Shaw. (2011) 2018. “Helping Your Teenager Discover Spirituality: FCS2303/FY1228, Rev. 1/2018”. EDIS 2018 (January):2.


Many life transitions and transformations occur during the teen years (ages 11-19). Bodies mature, thinking ability improves, and teens learn to manage many new emotions. Teens are striving to “find themselves” and to answer the question, “Who am I?” The answers to such questions often include a spiritual search for meaning and purpose in life. This 2-page fact sheet is a minor revision written by Larry Forthun and Angelica Johns, and published by the UF Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, January 2018.

FCS2303/FY1228: Helping Your Teenager Discover Spirituality (
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