Religious Practice

Explore the data on religious involvement and practice in America.

Religious Practice Videos

 
  • Religious Practice Matters to Teens Religious Practice Matters to Teens Adolescents who regularly participate in religious activities, pray, and/or place greater importance on religion in their lives are less likely to engage in high-risk behavior such as substance abuse and sexual activity. In addition, they are less likely to exhibit anti-social behavior such as vandalism and delinquency.
  • Families Get an A+ Families Get an A+ Scholastic achievement is related to factors outside the classroom. The presence of both parents in the home, higher levels of parental involvement, and satisfaction with family life are all positively linked to children’s academic achievement and educational attainment. Youths’ involvement with extracurricular activities and the general level of church attendance in the neighborhood is also linked to students’ investment and performance in school.
  • Religious Attendance Creates Better Citizens Religious Attendance Creates Better Citizens Frequent attendance at religious services has been linked to greater civic engagement, such as volunteerism, charitable donations, and informal acts of giving in both religious and non-religious contexts.
  • How to Give a Child a Head Start How to Give a Child a Head Start Many behavioral problems among young children are linked to factors related to the home environment and parent-child bonds. Children in intact families that provide greater cognitive stimulation and maternal care are less likely to exhibit negative behaviors. Parental religious activity is also linked to a variety of positive outcomes for children’s emotional development and well-being.
  • Quality Family Time: Why It Matters for Kids Quality Family Time: Why It Matters for Kids When families spend time together, children tend to fare better than other peers in terms of emotional health, behavior, and academic achievement. Shared activities include attending religious services, spending leisure time together, having dinners together, and engaging in family discussions. In addition, family time impacts the overall quality of family life, including stronger emotional bonds and more frequent expressions of love and affection.
  • Religious Practice is Preparation for Life Religious Practice is Preparation for Life Religious practice leads to a variety of positive social outcomes, such as greater family stability and parental involvement and lower levels of drinking and smoking. In addition, religious behavior is related to an increased likelihood of volunteerism, charity, electoral participation, and civic engagement.
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