Faculty Publications

Title

The role of religion and spirituality in working with children and adolescents: Results of a national survey

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Adolescents, Children, Clinicians, Practitioners, Religion, Spiritually

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work

Volume

26

Issue

3

First Page

1

Last Page

23

Abstract

This national study examined social workers' attitudes and behaviors about religion and spirituality in practice with children and adolescents. The majority of respondents regarded religion and spirituality as relevant to this population and used a wide variety of spiritually-based interventions. Respondents also reported a somewhat frequent identification of spiritual and religious abuse and neglect of youth. However, the vast majority reported that religious or spiritual issues were rarely, if ever, addressed in their social work education. Findings reveal the need to develop specific curricular content about the religious and spiritual lives of youth, including ethical guidelines for spiritually sensitive practice with this population. © by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

10-2-2007

DOI of published version

10.1300/J377v26n03_01

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