Students Today: Descriptions

James L. Heft S.M.

in Catholic High Schools

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199796656
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919352 | DOI:
Students Today: Descriptions

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This chapter returns first to the question of the shape of the culture of the United States. More specifically, it examines the results of several national studies on adolescents and their religious beliefs. It also describes how some leaders in the neurosciences think that adolescents are at a special developmental point in their lives—right where religious beliefs can take deeper root. One of the most important conclusions of these studies is that the experiences youth have during their formative years, roughly between the ages of eleven and twenty-one, will have especially profound consequences on the way they think and act for years to come. Certainly, youth will adapt and change over the course of their adult lives, but these adaptations and changes will occur within rather stable parameters influenced by the experiences they had during their teenage and young adult years. Therefore, the years that youth spend in high school can have an important impact on the rest of their lives. In the light of these studies, the chapter concludes with several recommendations for working with adolescents in Catholic high schools.

Keywords: American culture; adolescents; religious beliefs; Catholic high schools

Chapter.  11568 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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