Indicators of Child, Family, and Community Connections. Adolescent participation in religious activities with their families

08/01/2004

Overall, in 2000, half of all adolescents participated in religious activities with their families (e.g., going to a worship service, praying, reading scripture). The frequency varies by the adolescent's race and Hispanic origin. Non-Hispanic black adolescents were considerably more likely to participate in religious activities with their families--weekly or more often (73 percent)--than were their peers of non-Hispanic white (45 percent), Hispanic (55 percent), or other racial or ethnic origin (48 percent). Hispanics were more likely to participate than non-Hispanic whites.

Percentage of adolescents participating in religious activities with their families weekly or more often,
by race and Hispanic origin: 2000

Percentage of adolescents participating in religious activities with their families weekly or more often, by race and Hispanic origin: 2000. See text for explanation.

Source: Child Trends' analyses of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth - 1997, Rounds 1 and 4.

  Percent
Table 17b.
Percentage of adolescents who participate in religious activities
(e.g., going to a worship service, praying, reading scripture) (a)
with their families weekly or more often,
by selected characteristics: 2000
Total 50.9
Race and Hispanic Origin(b)
  White, non-Hispanic 45.5
  Black, non-Hispanic 72.6
  Hispanic 54.8
  Other 48.3
Family Structure
  Two biological parents 56.1
  Two parents (biological parent and other)(c) 37.7
  One biological parent 45.4
Parent's Highest Level of Education(d)
  Less than high school degree 53.8
  High school degree 46.0
  Some college education 49.8
  College graduate 55.8
a. These activities are included in the wording of the survey item.
b. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race.
c. This includes families with one biological parent and one nonbiological parent figure in the household. This resident nonbiological parent figure can be a step-parent, adoptive parent, foster parent, spouse or romantic partner of the biological parent, or a relative or other adult who is "like a parent" to the respondent. A greater share of biological parents are mothers and a greater share of other parents are fathers.
d. In two-parent households, "parental education" refers to the highest level of education attained between the two residential parents/parent figures.
Note: Analyses are based on a universe of adolescents, 12-14, who lived with a parent or guardian in 2000.
Source: Child Trends' analyses of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth - 1997, Rounds 1 and 4.

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