A failure of parents to transmit religion to their children could be driving the rise of nonreligion.
The number of so-called “nones” — individuals who do not identify with any organized religion — is rapidly growing in the United States.
New research suggests that this trend could be driven, at least in part, by a disconnection between parents and their children.
The study, published in the journal Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, found a large gap between the religiousness of parents and their teenage children.
The obvious reason was that no one had done anything like that before.
The Nonreligious-Nonspiritual Scale (NRNSS) measures secularity along two spectrums: from nonreligious to highly religious and from nonspiritual to highly spiritual.
The study, “Religious/secular distance: How far apart are teenagers and their parents? »