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Spirituality and mental health among children and youth - a Swedish point of view
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies, Systematic Theology and Studies in World Views.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8715-4322
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Children's Spirituality, ISSN 1364-436X, E-ISSN 1469-8455, Vol. 21, no 3-4, p. 216-229Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is growing evidence that spirituality and spiritual development are important for the health and mental well-being of children and youth. In individualistic and secularised countries, resources and language adequate for securing this right to spirituality is shrinking. Sweden is regarded as one of the most secularised and individualised countries in the world, and the article argues that Sweden could be described as ‘spiritual illiterate’. Increasing mental ill-health among youth is discussed in relation to a heightened privatisation of religion, ‘state individualism’, and a growing performance culture. It is argued that strong cultural ideals like independence and self-realisation repress children’s and youth’s spirituality and spiritual development. Further research is called for in order to explore the complex interplay between individualisation, spirituality and mental ill-health among children and youth in today’s Sweden.

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2016. Vol. 21, no 3-4, p. 216-229
Keywords [en]
Children, mental illhealth, secularisation, individualisation, Sweden
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Religious Studies
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Systematic Theology and Studies in Worldviews
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-310216DOI: 10.1080/1364436X.2016.1258392ISI: 000392234300006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-310216DiVA, id: diva2:1055687
Available from: 2016-12-13 Created: 2016-12-13 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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