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Introduction To The Special Section Of Research In The Social Scientific Study Of Religion

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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the special section of the book Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion. There has been a dramatic surge of interest amongst scholars and the public in religious and spiritual development. One thrust of this interest is the potential that religion and spirituality have to protect children and youth from undesirable outcomes and to enhance their positive development. The chapters in the special section reflect and contribute to this area of scholarly interest. The section reflects the social-ecology approach to spirituality in the first decades of life and its relation to children's well-being. Though their topics and theoretical frameworks vary, the chapters of the book all share a strong commitment to the understanding and enhancement of child and adolescent well-being and optimal development.

Keywords:adolescent well-being; children's well-being; religious development; social scientific study; spiritual development

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