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Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down across Generations

Vern L. Bengtson


Few things are more likely to cause heartache for devout parents than seeing their child leave the faith. And it seems, from media portrayals, that this is happening more and more frequently. But is religious change between generations common? How does religion get passed down from one generation to the next? Families and Faith seeks to answer these questions and many more. For almost four decades, Vern Bengtson and his colleagues have been conducting the largest-ever study of religion and families across generations. Through war and social upheaval, depression and technological revolution, th ... More

Keywords: Families, generations, grandparents, Millennials, multigenerational families, youth. religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199948659
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199948659.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vern L. Bengtson, author
University of Southern California