Religious and spiritual assessment of the child and adolescent

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Assessment in child and adolescent psychiatry is a complex process that involves developmental, environmental, and experiential perspectives. Recently, there has been interest in including spiritual and religious assessment in the psychiatric assessment of children, but no well-recognized guidelines for such an assessment have been established. This article proposes an approach to spiritual assessment of children and adolescents that begins with developing an understanding of the family's spiritual and religious life, followed by a developmentally informed method of observing and talking with children and adolescents about their spiritual and religious beliefs. The article concludes with a discussion of ethical issues involved when the psychiatrist addresses issues of spirituality and religion with child and adolescent patients and their families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-47
Number of pages13
JournalChild and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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