Religion and adolescence

Religion and adolescence
Religion and adolescence

Adolescence adolescence is a process of crisis and challenge par excellence where questioning all the imposed rules by parental and social authority.

The cases in which the parents or the context close to the adolescent are practitioners with a certain degree of orthodoxy of some religion represent in many cases for the young person a great danger.



Ph: John Bramley

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The adolescent is in a stage of discovery,where he will often have to make mistakes and live through his own experiences. He will also have tofind out what he believes and what he doesn't, and what his own values and thoughts are, beyond those instilled by upbringing.

The orthodoxy of certain families prevents this process from taking place. Young people in these circumstances suffer, feel little valued and limited and try to escape from these networks with increasing intensity.

There are young people raised in very religious families who do not rival against any of these tenets. They seem to go through the adolescent period without presenting problems and their parents see them comply with everything. This is not an ideal of he alth from the psychological point of view. On the contrary, not doingnoise implies that certain confrontations and questions cannot be raised, an issue that brings with it difficulties in achieving the processes of this stage.

Although the adolescent demands freedom, he must know that at this stagethe freedom granted to him must be accompanied by an adult presence that supports and limits

But that framed freedom must be. If nothing that the young person wants is heard, the frustration, together with serious difficulties in identity and in the choice of future paths, will begin to show their effects.

Many self-destructive symptoms such as drinking alcohol in excess, “cutting”, which is a very important symptom to observe at this stage, resorting to substance use, among others, they begin to be considered, in this context, as escapes from a reality that does not accept them as individuals different from their parents.

It is very common to see cases of adolescents suffering from seeking their own identity and space in a nucleus that does not allow it. At this time, it is interesting for parents to know that the strict and inflexible posture is expulsive. It expels the adolescent from the family bosom by making him feel that he is not accepted. Accepted in his search, in his crisis, and in his rebellion.

Families that follow strict religious dogmas must understand that the adolescent process involves breaking with this and, for the he alth of the young person, it is essential to allow some of that intransigence to bedisarm.

The construction of identity and the possibility of going out into the world,are processes that involve great mobilization.

The pubertal-adolescent process implies a path of relative abandonment of the infantile position, of discovery of sexuality, of acceptance of one's own body that has changed and of accepting oneself as part of a genealogical chain that implies thinking about one's own origins.

In this context there is a rethinking of parental authority, beliefs and family forms compared to those of others. This is all part of a he althy process, and for it to happen it must be allowed.

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