New study about children and divorce

If you want your children to stay in church, stay married. Melissa Steffan writes about a new report that draws that conclusion.

A new study suggests that children raised in divorce—even “good” divorces—are less likely to attend religious services and express interest in God than children raised in happy marriages.

Observers say this implies the future health of churches could dependon getting non-traditional family ministries right.

The report, titled “Does the Shape of Families Shape Faith?”, is comprised of papers from family and religious studies experts who together declare “that today’s grown children of divorce form a ‘broken leading edge’ of the trend of more Americans considering themselves ‘spiritual but not religious.'”

Researchers found that adults raised by happily married parents were “more than twice as likely to attend religious services, compared to those raised in good divorces.” Such adults were also less likely to report negative experiences of God.

Read the full article on the CT Gleanings blog.


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