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Mapping American Adolescent Religious Participation

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Sociologists know surprisingly little about the religious lives of adolescents in the United States. This article begins to redress that unfortunate lack of knowledge by examining descriptive findings on adolescent religious participation from three recent, reputable national surveys of American youth. We present descriptive statistics on three fundamental aspects of youth religious participation: religious affiliation, religious service attendance, and involvement in church youth groups. We also examine the influences of gender, race, age, and region on these religious outcomes. This descriptive inquiry should help to heighten broader understanding of and to lay down a baseline of essential information about American adolescent religious participation. Further research is needed to investigate the social influence of different kinds of religiosity on various outcomes in the lives of American youth.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-5906.00148

Affiliations: 1: University of North Carolina, Department of Sociology cssmith@email.unc.edu 2: Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina mlund@email.unc.edu 3: Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina faris@email.unc.edu 4: University of Texas at Austin regnerus@prc.texas.edu

Publication date: December 1, 2002

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