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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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Catholic Faith and Life Course Outcomes

Catholic Faith and Life Course Outcomes

Chapter:
(p.201) 6 Catholic Faith and Life Course Outcomes
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Young Catholic America
Author(s):

Christian Smith

Kyle Longest

Jonathan Hill

Kari Christoffersen

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341078.003.0008

This chapter examines how Roman Catholic faith and practices in the U.S. do and do not make a different in a variety of important lifecourse outcomes among Catholic 18–13 year-old Americans. Again, the analysis is based upon third-wave data from the National Study of Youth and Religion. The chapter demonstrates that Catholic faith and practice tend to make significant but usually not major differences in a number of lifecourse outcomes. Those American Catholic emerging adults ages 18–23 who are the most religiously devout tend to be doing significantly better in various ways in their lives than those who are not very religious or not religious at all. This pattern reproduces similar associations found between religious faith and practice and positive lifecourse outcomes for American youth generally.

Keywords:   NSYR, lifecourse outcomes, risk behaviors, substance abuse, sex, wellbeing

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