Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down across Generations by Vern L. BengtsonFamilies and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down across Generations by Vern L. Bengtson

Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down across Generations

byVern L. Bengtson, Norella M. Putney, Susan Harris

Paperback | June 15, 2017

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Winner of the Distinguished Book Award from American Sociology Association Sociology of Religion SectionWinner of the Richard Kalish Best Publication Award from the Gerontological Society of AmericaFew things are more likely to cause heartache to devout parents than seeing their child leave the faith. And it seems, from media portrayals, that this is happening more and more frequently. But is religious change between generations common? How does religion get passed down from one generation tothe next? How do some families succeed in passing on their faith while others do not? Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down across Generations seeks to answer these questions and many more. For almost four decades, Vern Bengtson and his colleagues have been conducting the largest-ever study of religion and family across generations. Through war and social upheaval, depression and technological revolution, they have followed more than 350 families composed of more than 3,500 individualswhose lives span more than a century - the oldest was born in 1881, the youngest in 1988 - to find out how religion is, or is not, passed down from one generation to the next. What they found may come as a surprise: despite enormous changes in American society, a child is actually more likely to remain within the fold than leave it, and even the nonreligious are more likely to follow their parents' example than to rebel. And while outside forces do play a role, thecrucial factor in whether a child keeps the faith is the presence of a strong fatherly bond. Mixing unprecedented data with gripping interviews and sharp analysis, Families and Faith offers a fascinating exploration of what allows a family to pass on its most deeply-held tradition - itsfaith.
Vern L. Bengtson is the AARP/University Professor of Gerontology and Sociology Emeritus and Research Professor of Social Work at the University of Southern California. He has published sixteen books and over 220 articles. He was elected President of the Gerontological Society of America and has twice been granted a MERIT award from the...
Title:Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down across GenerationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:June 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190675152

ISBN - 13:9780190675158


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"For several decades, Vern Bengtson's research has helped define how family factors influence religiosity across the life course, and in Families and Faith, he and his colleagues go well beyond their previous examinations to give a detailed qualitative and quantitative portrait of the dynamicrelationship between family and faith... Overall, Families and Faith is the most important empirical study on religion and family published in several decades. The analyses are solid and clearly presented, and the qualitative data complement the quantitative analyses and make the book an interestingread. It is an essential text for any serious researcher and should be required reading in any graduate course on on religion and family. The clear presentation and mixed methodology make it an excellent text for undergraduate courses on religion or family." --American Journal of Sociology