Module 5 Notes
Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4

Religious and Spiritual Identity

Section 4, Article 3 - This stage also witnesses a shift in focus onto identity development. Adolescents ask themselves who they really are, what they want out of life, and what the purpose of life is. In addition, they may question the existence of God or other higher spiritual being, wondering if they have simply adopted their parents’ views or if they are their own views as well. Research suggests that the link between identity and spirituality in adolescence may lead the way to one developing a spiritual identity that goes beyond, but not necessarily excludes, one’s childhood religious identity ().

Cognitive Change, Religion, and Spirituality
Religious Socialization and Parenting