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A Faith of Their Own: Stability and Change in the Religiosity of America's Adolescents

Lisa Pearce and Melinda Lundquist Denton

Abstract

Drawing on the massive National Study of Youth and Religion’s telephone surveys and more than 120 in-depth interviews, the authors chart the spiritual trajectory of American adolescents and young adults over a period of three years. Turning conventional wisdom on its head, the authors find that religion is an important force in the lives of most—though their involvement with religion changes over time, just as teenagers themselves do. Pearce and Denton weave in fascinating portraits of youth to give depth to mere numerical rankings of religiosity, which tend to prevail in large studies. One te ... More

Keywords: religion, religiosity, spiritual, faith, adolescents, teenagers, youth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199753895
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753895.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Pearce, author
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Melinda Lundquist Denton, author
Clemson University