Religious Change and Adolescent Family Dynamics

  title={Religious Change and Adolescent Family Dynamics},
  author={Mark Regnerus and Amy M. Burdette},
  journal={The Sociological Quarterly},
  pages={175 - 194}
Much more has been documented about the influence of religion on parenting practices than on how the former may shape family life from the perspective of adolescents. Building a conceptual model of religion and changing family relations, we assessed the particular influence of adolescent religious change on the dynamics of their relationships with their parents, and overall satisfaction with their families. Employing data from two waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health… 

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  • 2001
This commentary focuses on two challenges inhibiting the contemporary study of religion and the family--a relative lack of racial and religious diversity in samples and the lack of a unifying theory of religion-family linkages--and suggests how to adjust the trajectory of future theory and research to address these issues.