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ERIC Number: ED473129
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 40
Abstractor: N/A
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Religion and the Life Attitudes and Self-Images of American Adolescents. A Research Report of the National Study of Youth and Religion.
Smith, Christian; Faris, Robert
This study, based on the national Monitoring the Future survey of high school seniors, examined the impact of religion on the life attitudes and self-esteem of adolescents. It focused on 13 attitudinal variables: attitude toward self; pride in self; self-worth; enjoyment of life; hopelessness; usefulness of life; good to be alive; satisfaction with life; meaningfulness of life; hated being in school; nonconventionality; feelings about self; and self-assessed competence. Of the 13 attitudinal variables examined, only 1 was not significantly related to some dimension of religion when controlling for the effect of such variables as age, sex, race, and family structure. The religion factors most commonly related to positive outcomes were religious service attendance and perceived importance of religion, although religious affiliation and youth group participation were also important in many cases. Four appendices present regression tables on religious service attendance, importance of religion, religious youth group participation, and religious tradition. (SM)
National Study of Youth and Religion, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB #3057, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3057 (4). E-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: N/A