Religion among Teens: A Data-Driven Learning Guide Go to Resource


Religiosity is the term used to refer to the importance of religion in a person's life. It includes religious identity, behavior, attitudes, perceptions, and practices.

Research has shown that religiosity has a positive influence on adolescents' lives and is associated with healthier diets, exercise, sleep habits, and self-esteem, as well as lower rates of alcohol and drug use, early sexual behavior, delinquency, depression, and suicide.

Less is known about how religiosity develops in children and adolescents however, though research suggests that socio-cultural factors such as racial identity, gender, parental marital situation and geographical location of residence influence the extent of teenagers' religiosity, as do parents' attendance of religious services, parents' level of education, household income, and parental presence in the household.

The goal of this exercise is to examine the relationship between demographic and socio-cultural factors and religiosity among American high school students. Crosstabulations, comparison of means, and graphs will be used.

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