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Title: Exploring the spiritual needs of adolescent girls
Authors: Tan, Charlene H. P. (Charlene Hwee Phio)
Chen, Kaili
Keywords: Adolescent girls
Spiritual development
Spiritual needs
Issue Date: 2010
Citation: Tan, C., & Chen, K. (2010). Exploring the spiritual needs of adolescent girls. Religion & Education, 37(2), 146-161.
Abstract: Arguing that spiritual growth is part and parcel of the personal, social and emotional development, education and care of all adolescents, this paper explores some key issues on the spiritual needs of adolescent girls within the context of holistic education. Spiritual needs refer primarily to the search for personal meaning, purpose and identity in life, as well as connectedness with others, whether divine or human. Adopting a theoretical approach based on a literature review on the development issues adolescent girls face, this paper identifies and discusses four spiritual needs of adolescent girls: body image, a sense of self, relationships, and future. This paper further suggests some practical ways for educators to foster spiritual development in the adolescent girls.
Description: This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Religion & Education. The published version is available online at
ISSN: 1550-7394 (print)
1949-8381 (online)
Other Identifiers: 10.1080/15507394.2010.486369
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