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Attitude toward Christianity, sexual orientation, and parental religiosity in a sample of Italian adolescents

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Literature suggests that several demographic variables are linked with religiosity in adolescence, such as gender, age and parental religiosity. The sample consisted of 910 young people (53% female) between 14 and 19¬†years of age, attending secular secondary schools in Rome, Italy. They self-identified as heterosexual adolescents (91.6%), and lesbian/gay (LG) adolescents (8.4%). High scores of positive attitudes toward God, Jesus, the Bible, prayer and church were associated with female gender, higher father’s religiosity, and higher mother’s religiosity, but not with age of the participants. As expected, heterosexual orientation was associated with a more positive attitude toward Christianity, controlling for sex, age, and parental religiosity.
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Keywords: Attitude toward Christianity; adolescents; religiosity; sexual orientation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Developmental and Social Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy 2: Department of Psychology, Pontifical Salesian University, Rome, Italy 3: Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA 4: Department of Dynamic and Clinical Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy

Publication date: July 3, 2018

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