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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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Conclusion

Conclusion

Chapter:
(p.264) Conclusion
Source:
Young Catholic America
Author(s):

Christian Smith

Kyle Longest

Jonathan Hill

Kari Christoffersen

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341078.003.0010

Conclusion summarizes the major findings of the book and attempts to draw out some take-away conclusions for readers interested in Catholic youth. The initial historical and comparative insights gained in chapter 1 are revisited as a reminder of larger context for the book’s findings. Highlighted especially are the importance of Catholic parents and other mature adults in the faith in forming the lives of American Catholic youth. Key findings on differences between white and Hispanic Catholic emerging adults are discussed. Readers are also reminded of the many potentially complicating methodological issues involved in the study of Catholicism. The findings on Catholic schooling are also reviewed. The Conclusion closes with a brief, bigger picture discussion of the implications of the book’s findings for Catholic parents and the Catholic Church.

Keywords:   NSYR, teenagers, emerging adults, Catholicism

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