| Published: September 01, 2018
A Study of Spirituality in Relationship with Perceived Happiness Status, Perceived Health Status and Academic Achievement among Adolescents
Adolescence is a sensitive period of life which is accompanied by a series of biological, psychological, and cognitive changes in an individual. This age of confusion and immaturity predisposes individuals towards risky behaviour like alcohol/drug abuse, violence, sexual experimentation etc. The Mental Health Foundation (2009) enlisted various protective factors for adolescents that can help in keeping them safe from risky behaviour. These were: spirituality, social support, parental support, meaningful relationships, constructive hobbies etc. Spirituality is a relationship of an individual with the Divine, with oneself and with others. Houston and Cartwright (2007) defined spirituality using four components. The first was a belief in transcendence, something higher than oneself. The second was interconnectedness, which meant the sense of unification with all living beings. The third component was a feeling of love and compassion for others. Fourth component included a sense of purpose and meaning in life. Spirituality has been consistently linked with happiness, better health outcomes and general feelings of wellbeing among adolescents. The present study aimed to investigate the relationship of spirituality with perceived happiness status, perceived health status, and academic achievement among adolescents. A sample of 100 adolescents (50 males and 50 females) in the age range of 16 and 18 years was included in the study. Inter correlation Analysis was conducted to find the relationship between the variables. In order to find out differences between two groups viz. males and females, t tests were employed. Results showed a significant relationship between spirituality, perceived happiness status and academic achievement of adolescents. This study highlighted the importance of spirituality, and how it can be meaningful not only in the emotional and psychological domain, but the cognitive domain as well.
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2018 Sharma, A
Received: July 04, 2018; Revision Received: August 03, 2018; Accepted: September 01, 2018
Published in Volume 06, Issue 3, July-September, 2018