Parents’ Divorce Leads to Children Leaving Church
A new university study has found that children that have two religious parents are more likely to leave the church if his or her parents get divorced. Researchers from Baylor University discovered that children of divorce of religious parents are twice as likely to become estranged from their church compared to children of religious parents who stay together.
The lead author of the study and professor at Baylor University Jeremy Uecker told U.S. News and World Report that, “When both parents are religious, the effect of divorce has a negative effect of religiosity. They might think their parents’ marriage was ordained by God or something and that breakup can have more of an effect on their religiousness in adulthood.”
The study concluded by stating that children’s religious beliefs were affected after the divorce in all religions. Researchers are hoping to further explore the root of the issue as to why divorced children may not be as religious following a divorce in their family.
“I think it’s this idea of the loss of socialization and teaching of the religion when parents separate,” said Uecker. “The next goal is to identify the mechanisms and reasons why parental divorce matters---to follow a group of children over time and ask them about religious training and that sort of thing.”
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