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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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Religious Trajectories from the Teenage Years into Emerging Adulthood

Religious Trajectories from the Teenage Years into Emerging Adulthood

(p.155) 5 Religious Trajectories from the Teenage Years into Emerging Adulthood
Young Catholic America

Christian Smith

Kyle Longest

Jonathan Hill

Kari Christoffersen

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces the different religious-lifecourse trajectories that difference Catholic teenagers travel from their adolescent into their emerging-adult years, between the important five year period from ages 13–17 to 18–23. The analysis uses the sophisticated method of growth-curve modeling to group respondents into different common or typical trajectories of religious change over these five years. Having identified the major trajectories, the chapter then focuses on which teenage-era factors (five years earlier) most influence how emerging adult respondents end up religiously five years later. The important potential of the longitudinal nature of the panel survey data is here exploited to demonstrate the influence of forces operating during the teenage years on emerging adults years later

Keywords:   religious trajectories, growth-curve modeling, NSYR, religious change, life course

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