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
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.
|Age of Child(b)|
|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|
|At or above poverty||38.9||38.9||37.7|
|Race and Hispanic Origin(c)|
|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.