National Study of Youth and Religion Completes Data Collection for Second Wave of the Longitudinal Study

Jan 25, 2006

Data collection for the second wave of the National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR) is now complete.  This longitudinal extension of the NSYR is funded by a three-year $1,101,092 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. awarded to Lisa Pearce (CPC Fellow and Assistant Professor of Sociology) and Christian Smith (Stuart Chapin Distinguished Professor of Sociology) in December, 2004.

The aims of this project are to examine continuity and change over time in the religious beliefs and practices of American youth, and to explore links between religion and other aspects of youth's lives, including well-being, family formation, and educational achievement. 

A second wave of the NSYR telephone survey of a nationally representative sample of youth (currently ages 16-20) began in June, 2005 and was completed in November of 2005, with 80% of the original 3,370 respondents participating. In-person, semi-structured interviews following up on questions asked in the telephone survey were conducted with 119 study participants around the country.  Project researchers are in the process of data cleaning and preliminary data analysis.    

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