A Holistic Model of Religiosity and Its Contexts in Adolescence

Lisa D. Pearce and Melinda Lundquist Denton

in A Faith of Their Own

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199753895
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894949 | DOI:
A Holistic Model of Religiosity and Its Contexts in Adolescence

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This chapter clarifies the meaning of individual religiosity, appropriate methods of analysis for religiosity’s multidimensional nature, and the social contexts in which adolescent religiosity develop. Theoretical developments in the sociology of religion are reviewed to establish a sound conceptualization of religion. Next, the strengths and weaknesses of various methodological approaches are described. This leads to a discussion of the appropriateness of a person-based approach, as taken in this book, for studying the contours and dynamics of adolescent religiosity. The approach is illustrated through the introduction of a religious mosaic metaphor. The chapter ends by describing the social contexts, identities, and experiences in which these religious mosaics or profiles develop during adolescence, including family and peer contexts, religious institutions, sociodemographic characteristics, youth temperament, and unique life experiences.

Keywords: adolescent religiosity; person-based approach; family; peers; religious institutions

Chapter.  7494 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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