Slightly Moving Parts of the Whole

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:
Slightly Moving Parts of the Whole

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Following the same youth over about three years of their adolescence, this chapter examines various dynamics in religiosity during adolescence. First, it looks at average change as well as individual trajectories in multiple measures of three dimensions of religiosity: conduct, content, and centrality. Then, combining these measures to consider religiosity more holistically, the chapter considers the likelihood of an adolescent’s changing religious profiles over time. Quotes from youth who typify the five most common types of religious change in adolescence are provided to illustrate these dynamics. This chapter reveals a reasonable degree of stability in adolescent religiosity, but describes the moderate refinements that often take place usually involving decreases, but sometimes increases, in certain dimensions of religiosity.

Keywords: youth; dynamics in religiosity; trajectories; dimensions of religiosity; religious change; adolescence

Chapter.  11650 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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