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On Catholic Teens

Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton

in Soul Searching

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195180954
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835829 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019518095X.003.0007
 On Catholic Teens

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This chapter explores the question of why U.S. Catholic teenagers seem less religiously engaged than their teenage counterparts in other U.S. Christian traditions. Several reasons were identified to explain the lack of religious engagement of Catholic teens. One is that Catholic teenagers significantly reflect the relative religious laxity of their parents. Thus, the evident “problem” of Catholic teens can be viewed in part as a larger challenge of Catholic adults generally, and parents specifically.

Keywords: Catholics; American teenagers; teens; adolescents; Christians; religion; religious life; spirituality; parents; religious laxity

Chapter.  13299 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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