Parental Experiences and Religiosity in Young Adulthood: Does parental Style Matter?

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Dr. Pamela Koch, Hope College

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This research was supported by the Frost Center.


Every parent dreams of having their children grow up to be a responsible adult who can contribute good to the world. Adolescents and young adults live in a battlefield of social pressure. One aspect that has been illustrated to reduce destructive behavior in adolescents and young adults is religion. For this reason, many parents include instilling religious commitment in their children as a parenting goal. However, many struggle in which parenting approach to utilize with their children. The goal of this project will be to investigate whether or not parenting style during adolescence is associated with religious involvement in young adulthood. Using four parenting styles (authoritative, authoritarian, permissive and uninvolved) and the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth this project looks at which parenting style leads to the most religiosity in young adulthood.

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