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:

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The final chapter reviews the main arguments presented in the book and offers some concluding thoughts for those who are interested in the religious lives of youth. It begins with a review of the range of religious profiles found among adolescents in the United States, highlighting the importance of understanding the Adapters and Atheists, two groups whose unique religious mosaics have been previously overlooked or misunderstood. The chapter then examines the importance of considering the narratives of youth when studying their religious lives. Youth perceptions of their own religiosity do not always correspond to the picture that emerges from standard survey measures. Finally, social scaffolding in the lives of adolescents is reviewed, highlighting the important role of family, peers and religious institutions in the process of religious refinement among youth.

Keywords: religious profiles; narrative; family; peers; religious institutions; adolescent religiosity; youth religion

Chapter.  5216 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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