ERIC Number: EJ931689
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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A Longitudinal Study of Religious Identity and Participation during Adolescence
Lopez, Anna B.; Huynh, Virginia W.; Fuligni, Andrew J.
Child Development, v82 n4 p1297-1309 Jul-Aug 2011
To examine the development of religious identity during the teenage years, adolescents (N = 477) from Latin American, Asian, and European backgrounds completed questionnaires in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades (10th grade age: M = 15.81, SD = 0.36). Results indicated that religious identity remained stable across high school whereas religious participation declined. Even after controlling for ethnic differences in religious affiliation, socioeconomic background, and generational status, adolescents from Latin American and Asian backgrounds reported higher levels of religious identity and adolescents from Latin American backgrounds reported higher rates of religious participation. Within individual adolescents, changes in religious identity were associated with changes in ethnic and family identities, suggesting important linkages in the development of these social identities during adolescence.
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Religion, Identification (Psychology), Longitudinal Studies, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Whites, High School Students, Participation, Ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status, Cultural Differences, Family (Sociological Unit)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; High Schools
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