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Souls in TransitionThe Religious Lives of Emerging Adults in America$
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Christian Smith and Patricia Snell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195371796

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195371796.001.0001

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The Teenagers of Soul Searching Five Years Later

The Teenagers of Soul Searching Five Years Later

(p.180) 7 The Teenagers of Soul Searching Five Years Later
Souls in Transition

Christian Smith (Contributor Webpage)

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Soul Searching, published in 2005 using National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR) first wave data, portrayed a variety of case studies of American teenagers drawn from a sample of respondents who were interviewed in 2003 when they were between thirteen and seventeen years old. Most of them were reinterviewed in the second wave in the summer of 2005, and again a third time in the summer of 2008. One of the strengths of the NSYR is the longitudinal nature of its data, as it has tracked the same sample of youth for five years (so far) in order to follow and assess patterns in various developmental changes in their lives. This chapter, by providing an update on many of the teenagers portrayed in Soul Searching, capitalizes on what can be learned from qualitative case studies that are followed over time.

Keywords:   longitudinal data, religiousness, spiritual lives, religious life, developmental changes

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