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National Study of Youth and Religion

The National Study of Youth and Religion was a multi-year sociological study designed to explore how American youth engage in religious and spiritual practice and how religion and spirituality influence youth. The research project was conducted between 2001 and 2015 and headed by sociologists Christian Smith of the University of Notre Dame and Lisa Pearce at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with support from a team of sociologists across the country. On this website, visitors can learn more about the design and findings of this study. In the Research Findings section, readers can download full reports on a number of topics, including "Are American Youth Alienated from Organized Religion?" and "Family Religious Involvement and Quality of Family Relationships for Early Adolescents." Readers can also explore a number of published articles based on this research study and learn about nine books, along with a documentary co-directed by Smith, centered on this research.
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Date of Scout Publication
January 13th, 2017
Date Of Record Creation
January 3rd, 2017 at 1:25pm
Date Of Record Release
January 9th, 2017 at 2:52pm
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