Jet Buenconsejo, the student research coordinator of the Letran Research Center, presented his paper during the Bartolome delas Casas Conference held last March 2 and 3 at the UST Aquinas Research Complex.
The annual Conference was organized by the UST Simbahayan Community Development Office, in partnership with UST Research Center on Social Sciences and Education. It was attended by Thomasian administrators, faculty members, students, support staff, alumni, partner communities, as well as representatives from higher educational institutions in Manila.
This year, the theme was, “Community Engaged Research: Working Towards Development, Justice and Peace”.
Buenconsejo, an alumnus of the Colegio and a registered psychometrician, shared his research entitled, “Sanctification of Adolescence: A Qualitative Analysis of Thriving among Filipino Youth with Religious Sparks”, in the parallel session on Community Health and Well-Being.
Buenconsejo, in his study, noted that a “religious spark” is an adolescent’s deepest passion, interest, or talent in life that is anchored in religiosity or spirituality, and this can have positive and negative effects on the individual. The results of his study highlight the important role of acceptance and support from one’s family and faith-based organizations in facilitating adolescent thriving.
Thriving involves making a significant contribution to one’s family, peers, and community, which in turn supports and develops the young person’s spark. Here, both the adolescent and his or her environment benefit from and contribute to each other.
Buenconsejo’s research interests involve topics on the psychology of religion and spirituality, positive psychology, as well as adolescent development.