Youngsters need support
ADOLESCENCE is a critical phase in the life of a human being. It is a period of intense growth not only physically but morally, emotionally and intellectually.
One of the tasks of adolescence is to achieve independence. For this to happen they often seek a lot of space and freedom. They start to think more rationally and abstractly as they form their moral code.
In the process they may often become assertive, rebellious, nonconformist and self-opinionated.
At such a time it is essential that adults provide proper guidance, support and environment to facilitate their holistic development.
In order to attain a well integrated maturity, a series of factors need to be addressed for adolescents.
They need to acquire self certainty, be ready to try out new roles, strive for achievement, acquire a selfidentity, balance their rights with responsibilities and identify personal goals and ideals.
When dealing with the problems of adolescents, it would help to step into the young person’s world, treat them with discerning respect rather than suspicion, share their joys and sorrows and genuinely address their questions whilst engaging them in a moral and spiritual discipline.
There is a need for adults to work with youngsters in a way that promotes their general well-being and development which is inclusive of the spiritual dimension.
Spirituality integrates the emotional, cognitive and intuitive self. It includes the formation of a personal spiritual belief and principles, attitudes and emotions as per one’s value system.