Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Families and FaithHow Religion is Passed Down across Generations$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Vern L. Bengtson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199948659

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199948659.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 25 November 2020

The Unexpected Importance of Grandparents (and Great-Grandparents) 1

The Unexpected Importance of Grandparents (and Great-Grandparents) 1

(p.99) Chapter 5 The Unexpected Importance of Grandparents (and Great-Grandparents)1
Families and Faith

Vern L. Bengtson

Norella M. Putney

Susan C. Harris

Oxford University Press

Grandparents have seldom been considered as important religious influences on youth. But they should be, because the role grandparents play will be much more prominent in the twenty-first century than it has been in the past. This study found evidence of surprisingly significant grandparental religious influence on grandchildren. Moreover, comparing 2005 to 1970, there has been no decline in the degree to which grandparents and grandchildren are similar in religiosity over the thirty-five-year span. Four types of grandparental religious influence were identified: (a) grandparents replacing or substituting for parents’ religious socialization, (b) grandparents reinforcing or accentuating parents’ religious socialization, (c) grandparents challenging or subverting parents’ socialization, (d) grandparents avoiding or ignoring religious activities with grandchildren.

Keywords:   grandchildren, grandparents, religious influence, youth

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .