The Dynamics and Correlates of Religious Service Attendance in Adolescence

Hardie, Jessica Halliday; Pearce, Lisa D.; & Denton, Melinda Lundquist. (2016). The Dynamics and Correlates of Religious Service Attendance in Adolescence. Youth and Society, 48(2), 151-75. PMCID: PMC4758987

Hardie, Jessica Halliday; Pearce, Lisa D.; & Denton, Melinda Lundquist. (2016). The Dynamics and Correlates of Religious Service Attendance in Adolescence. Youth and Society, 48(2), 151-75. PMCID: PMC4758987

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This study examines changes in religious service attendance over time for a contemporary cohort of adolescents moving from middle to late adolescence. We use two waves of a nationally representative panel survey of youth from the National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR) to examine the dynamics of religious involvement during adolescence. We then follow with an analysis of how demographic characteristics, family background, and life course transitions relate to changes in religious service attendance during adolescence. Our findings suggest that, on average, adolescent religious service attendance declines over time, related to major life course transitions such as becoming employed, leaving home, and initiating sexual activity. Parents’ affiliation and attendance, on the other hand, are protective factors against decreasing attendance.




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Hardie, Jessica Halliday
Pearce, Lisa D.
Denton, Melinda Lundquist



2016


Youth and Society

48

2

151-75








PMC4758987


7863

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