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Young Catholic AmericaEmerging Adults In, Out of, and Gone from the Church$
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Christian Smith, Kyle Longest, Jonathan Hill, and Kari Christoffersen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199341078

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341078.001.0001

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A Statistical Portrait of Catholic Emerging Adults Today

A Statistical Portrait of Catholic Emerging Adults Today

(p.60) 3 A Statistical Portrait of Catholic Emerging Adults Today
Young Catholic America

Christian Smith

Kyle Longest

Jonathan Hill

Kari Christoffersen

Oxford University Press

This chapter uses nationally representative survey data from the third wave of the National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR) to describe the religious and spiritual lives of (ex-)Catholic 18-23 year olds in the U.S. It compares across a variety of kinds of religious beliefs, practices, experiences, and commitments that represent an in-depth descriptive look of the religious and spiritual lives of contemporary emerging adult Catholics in the U.S. It also employs the same variables to compare “white” versus Hispanic Catholics, and emerging adults those with different kinds of Catholic parents (conservative, moderate, liberal). Finally, the chapter examines the effects of the religious homogamy (or lack) of emerging adults’ parents, exploring whether having only one instead of both parents who are Catholic makes a significant difference on the faith outcomes for their children.

Keywords:   NSYR, Catholic, emerging adults, statistics, Hispanics, traditionalists, liberals

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