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Young Catholic AmericaEmerging Adults In, Out of, and Gone from the Church$
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Christian Smith, Kyle Longest, Jonathan Hill, and Kari Christoffersen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199341078

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341078.001.0001

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Emerging Adult Catholics, Their Faith, and the Church in Their Own Words

Emerging Adult Catholics, Their Faith, and the Church in Their Own Words

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(p.89) 4 Emerging Adult Catholics, Their Faith, and the Church in Their Own Words
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Young Catholic America
Author(s):

Christian Smith

Kyle Longest

Jonathan Hill

Kari Christoffersen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341078.003.0005

This chapter uses third-wave National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR) interview data to provide a qualitative description of the different types of American (ex-)Catholic 18-23 year olds in the U.S. It uses interview evidence to create various categories of religious types and trajectories of American emerging adults who were raised Catholic, attempting to understand the common influences that lead them into the types they represent at the time of the interviews. Those types we specifically name and describe as Apostates, Switchers, Estranged, Nominal (with a Dormant subgroup), Engaged, and Devout. This typology offers a way for readers to grasp the immense breadth of individual experience in faith and Church that different emerging adults who were raised Catholic encounter.

Keywords:   NSYR, interviews, Catholic, typology, life course, trajectories, apostates, emerging adults

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