Adolescent Religion in the 1930s and 1940s

Michele Dillon and Paul Wink

in In the Course of a Lifetime

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249004
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940031 | DOI:
Adolescent Religion in the 1930s and 1940s

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This chapter provides a complete idea of American adolescent religion in the 1930s and 1940s through a study conducted on adolescents of that period. The study indicates that along with school and friends, church was also a vibrant part of adolescent life in the 1930s and 1940s. Religious services, Sunday school, participation in church-based youth groups, and events were routine in the lives of many of the adolescents who were studied. Many of them took religion seriously. It was generally the case that the adolescents of the study liked going to church or Sunday school. However, some of the study participants went to church or Sunday school primarily because their parents required them to go, and several who went were indifferent about their attendance. Many of the adolescents, especially boys, mentioned that they disliked or were bored by church and Sunday school.

Keywords: adolescent religion; church; Sunday school; American adolescent; social variation

Chapter.  8421 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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