Indicators of Child, Family, and Community Connections. Parental religious service attendance

08/01/2004

Slightly more than one-third of parents (36 percent) attended religious services at least once a week in 2002. This percentage represents a small decline from 1997, when 38 percent of parents attended religious services at least weekly.

Parental religious attendance differs according to the parent's educational attainment. In 2002, fewer than one-third of parents who had not completed high school (28 percent) reported attending religious services weekly, compared with 44 percent of those who had graduated from college. Poor families were less likely than nonpoor families to have a parent attending religious services weekly in 2002 (28 percent compared with 38 percent).

Married parents were more likely to attend services weekly than parents who were not married (40 percent compared with 26 percent).

Percentage of parents attending religious services weekly or more often,
by parental educational attainment: 2002

Percentage of parents attending religious services weekly or more often, by parental educational attainment: 2002. See text for explanation.

Note: Parents include primary caregivers between the ages of 18 and 64 for children under age 18; therefore, this indicator includes data on one adult per household. In more than 95 percent of cases, this adult is a biological, adoptive, or stepparent, and in 80 percent of cases this adult is the mother.
Source: Child Trends' analyses of the National Survey of America's Families, 2002.

  1997 1999 2002
Table 17a.
Percentage of parents(a) attending religious services weekly or more often,
by selected characteristics: 1997, 1999, and 2002
Total 37.7 37.5 36.3
Age of Child(b)
  0-5 years 34.2 33.9 32.8
  6-11 years 39.5 38.6 37.6
  12-17 years 39.6 39.9 38.7
Marital Status(c)
  Married 41.1 41.3 40.0
  Not married 27.8 26.5 26.4
Family Structure(d)
  Two parents 40.5 40.6 39.3
  One parent 30.1 28.7 27.7
  Other 46.9 42.3 45.2
Highest Level of Education(c)
  Less than high school 30.2 31.1 28.3
  High school diploma or GED 35.0 32.7 32.1
  Some education after high school 39.1 39.1 37.3
  College graduate 43.6 44.9 43.7
Poverty Status
  Below poverty 32.5 30.1 28.3
  At or above poverty 38.9 38.9 37.7
Race and Hispanic Origin(c)
  White, non-Hispanic 35.6 35.7 35.2
  Black, non-Hispanic 45.7 45.8 44.7
  Hispanic 40.0 38.6 34.4
  Other 37.1 33.3 33.1
a. Parents include primary caregivers between the ages of 18 and 64 for children under age 18; therefore, this indicator includes data on one adult per household. In more than 95 percent of cases, this adult is a biological, adoptive, or step-parent, and in 80 percent of cases this adult is the mother.
b. The age grouping is based on the age of one randomly selected child in each family.
c. Of the parent whose religious attendance is reported
d. Two-parent families include two biological/adoptive parents or stepfamilies. One-parent families include one biological or adoptive parent.
Source: Child Trends' analyses of the National Survey of America's Families, 1997, 1999, and 2002.

 

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