Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 54, Issue 3, pp 862–870 | Cite as

Support for Adolescent Spirituality: Contributions of Religious Practice and Trait Mindfulness

  • Eleanor CobbEmail author
  • Ariel Kor
  • Lisa Miller
Original Paper


Spirituality and the surge of its development in adolescence have been established in the research. To date, however, these studies look at tendencies across full samples of adolescence rather than investigating multiple subgroups or multiple pathways of spiritual development. The current study uses latent class analysis to identify subgroup portraits of spiritual life in adolescence, based upon a range of dimensions of spiritual experience, religious practice, and mindfulness. Mindfulness, as a dispositional trait, is examined alongside the impact of religious practice on the level of spiritual experience (relationship with the Higher Power, spiritual values, and spiritual self). The findings suggest there is a complimentary contribution to spiritual life in adolescence from religious practice and mindfulness, with both as supportive pathways for spiritual development. Adolescents with the highest level of spiritual experience benefit from both religious practice and trait mindfulness, suggesting that taken together, there is an additive and augmenting contribution.


Mindfulness Spirituality Latent class analysis Adolescence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Clinical Psychology Program, Teachers CollegeColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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