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A Developmental-Ecological Perspective On The Role Of Spirituality In The Development Of Meaningfulness In Adolescent Boys

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As a result of recent incidents of school violence, a number of approaches have been undertaken in an effort to address the risk factors associated with violent behavior among adolescents in general and among boys in particular. This chapter explores the critical role of spirituality in both the prevention of violent behavior and the promotion of positive behavior by examining how it serves to foster a sense of personal meaning. It is clear that the period of adolescence represents a developmental transition that presents both opportunities for cognitive, physical, and social-emotional growth but also vulnerabilities related to the presence or absence of certain internal characteristics. Additionally, informed by a developmental ecological perspective, the schools context is explored and research regarding how schools and classrooms can be transformed in a way that supports the spiritual development of adolescent males and helps them to develop a sense of personal meaning is addressed.

Keywords:adolescent boys; developmental ecological perspective; personal meaning; school violence; spiritual development



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