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ERIC Number: EJ920637
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0743-5584
Anchors of Religious Commitment in Adolescents
Layton, Emily; Dollahite, David C.; Hardy, Sam A.
Journal of Adolescent Research, v26 n3 p381-413 May 2011
This study explores adolescent religious commitment using qualitative data from a religiously diverse (Jewish, Christian, Muslim) sample of 80 adolescents. A new construct, "anchors of religious commitment," grounded in interview data, is proposed to describe what adolescents commit to as a part of their religious identity. Seven anchors of religious commitment are discussed: (a) religious traditions, rituals, and laws; (b) God; (c) faith traditions or denominations; (d) faith community members; (e) parents; (f) scriptures or sacred texts; and (g) religious leaders. The findings broaden the conceptual understanding of commitment as a relational construct and not just a behavioral or attitudinal construct. Implications for future research on adolescent religious commitment are discussed along with practical implications for parents and religious leaders. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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