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"They never listen": Towards a grounded theory of the role played by trusted adults in the spiritual lives of children

Karlsen, ML, Coyle, A and Williams, E (2014) "They never listen": Towards a grounded theory of the role played by trusted adults in the spiritual lives of children Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 17 (3). pp. 297-312.

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Abstract

This qualitative study addresses the lack of research into the role of trusted adults in the spiritual lives of children. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine children from a British primary school and the data analysed using a grounded theory approach. Six categories were identified outlining the reciprocal relationship of unavailability and withholding between children and their trusted adults and how children made sense of spirituality in the absence of explicit guidance. It was found that the children had little opportunity for negotiating a shared understanding or experience of spirituality with adults and, as a result, either preserved an isolated and secret sense of spirituality or accepted what they observed to be their trusted adults' stance. The practical and theoretical implications of the children's responses in the absence of trusted adults are discussed and recommendations are made for practice and future research. © 2014 © 2014 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Karlsen, MLUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Coyle, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Williams, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : April 2014
Identification Number : 10.1080/13674676.2013.798781
Uncontrolled Keywords : children's spirituality, religious beliefs, spiritual development, spiritual guidance, grounded theory
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published as Karlsen ML, Coyle A, Williams E (2014). "They never listen": Towards a grounded theory of the role played by trusted adults in the spiritual lives of children Mental Health, Religion and Culture 17(3):297-312 Available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cmhr20/17/3
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 15 Jul 2014 12:34
Last Modified : 01 May 2015 01:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/805703

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