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Handing Down the Faith: How Parents Pass Their Religion on to the Next Generation

Christian Smith and Amy Adamczyk


The most important influence shaping the religious and spiritual lives of children, youth, and teenagers is parents. Yet little research has studied this link in the intergenerational transmission of religion between generations. This book reports the findings of a new, national study of religious parents in the United States. The findings are based on 215 in-depth, personal interviews with religious parents from many traditions and different parts of the country; and on analyses of two nationally representative surveys of American parents. Unlike many studies that focus only on mainstream Chr ... More

Keywords: parenting, children, religion, religious socialization, religious transmission, religious congregations, immigrants, sociology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190093327
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190093327.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian Smith, author
Wm. R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame

Amy Adamczyk, author
Professor of Sociology, John Jay College/CUNY Graduate Center