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What does Table 38 reveal about adolescent religiosity?

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Table 38 shows us adolescents trust and demeanor toward adults other than parents who can give support. It reveals that most devoted teens have more feedback from adults and can turn to many other adults beside their families for help. This can be explained by the fact that these teens have more resources such as various church groups where adults are present and can help. With contrast to disengaged teens they are slightly lower at trust with various adults, and factor behind that could be that the teens simply have less religious resources and places where they can trust adults.

I agree, but I wonder if the reasons for the dip in adult interaction are explicitly tied to religious activities. I wonder about the socio-economic status of the children and the parents who make up the less engaged and sporadic categories, if they are working class or below the poverty line there is a chance that there could be a number of factors that preclude the level of connection that would be traditionally found in devoted teens.

i agree that this is what the table shows but its surprising that these were the findings being that i thought that adolescents would have a hard time expressing themselves and getting advice from church members because they would be afriad of judgments.

I agree, it was surprising. But its good to see that those who were more devoted were able to speak their mind. I feel that it comes to show how those who are spiritual connected to their faith or religion have more confidence and reassurance to speak to adults that are not their parents.

I also agree. We would assume that U.S. teens would have little to no ties with Adults outside their family. However the table shows majority of the most devoted teen having these strong ties to adults. Overall I do think its beneficial for religious teens to have that support from non-related adults.

correct, i agree. The more influence and support adolescents receive from adults makes them feel cared for and they'll have the tendency to attach themselves to that person. for instance, they'll constantly go for advice and help more often. if an adult has strong religious faith, a child seeking guidance may tend to approach that individual and engage in spiritual interaction or develop an understanding of religion better.

I agree, teens might be more willing to speak to someone in a religious setting to an adult that isn't their parents. The main factor behind this could be that they feel that they are in a safe place and feel like they can speak without judgment.

The table shows the way that teenagers connect to adults who are not their parents and how these individuals work as socializing agents in their faiths and in their lives in general. Whats interesting is the level of connection and the time spent without adult supervision shrinks the more devoted to a religious tradition the respondent is, along with an additional increase in the number of adult figures the individuals feel comfortable sharing their thought with. This could show that many of the kids who are actively religious are often involved in more activities geared towards religion that increases their exposure to adults not their parents.

yes, it was definitely interesting to see how the connection between adults and teens and their religiosity, and their personal time relate. So, the more access the teen had to non-parent adults, the more devoted to religion they were. But that also meant less chances of being without adult supervision. I understand/interpret this as, because these teens do not have dedicated alone time then obviously they are doing something that their parents will have access to knowing about (because of the network the parents and other adults make) but because they don't have that personal time for them selves then it makes sense they also have not thought about not being so devoted to religion (like it just isn't an option so of course they are going to be devoted, mimicking the adults around them). Like it all correlates and makes sense to me that these would be the findings they came across.

Yeah I agree with what you're saying. I think the pattern we see here is pretty generalizable, although there can always be exceptions. I think that the youth who are genuinely interested in their faith tradition will go to their religious institution more, having the opportunity to meet other religious peers, even peers that are older than them. Youth who may not be so religious may have minimal ties to the religious institution and all that has to do with the religion.

Table 38 shows reveal that most devoted teens have more feedback from adults and can turn to many other adults besides their families for help. Parents tell stories of ill-spoken words, of misunderstanding, of unhelpful interference from others. Much of what they describe, while conflict-laden and uncomfortable, doesn’t seem bad enough to have caused estrangement. What’s interesting is the level of connection and the time spent without adult supervision shrinks the more devoted to a religious tradition the respondent is, along with an additional increase in the number of adult figures the individuals feel comfortable sharing their thought with and this was mentioned before.

Table 38 explains the relational ties to parents and non-parents, such as adults-grown up friends, teachers, mentors and coaches. Table 38 attempts to further explain the differences across our religious ideal types in such ties to non-parents adults. According to the answers provided in the survey, there are significant differences. The more religiously involved teens tend to be, the more comfortable they will talking to other adults who aren't their parents. "Devoted" teenagers have a large number of non-parentental adults in their lives.

the tables hows how adolescents are connected to adults other than their parents which mean that they play a major role in their lives as religious mentors. which is good for teens because most teens cannot run to their parents for advice.

I agree with you, religious adult figures are significant in the lives of religious adolescents because they act as mentors.

Table 38 reveals how teens who are spiritual connect tend to be able to interact with adults other than their parents or close-family related members about their own faith and issues. Its crazy how those who were more devoted talk to non-parents more than those who weren't. Therefore, we can see that those who spoke to non-parents and devoted seems to be more comfortable.

The ease with which one find comfort in adult figures outside of their family yet steeped in their religious institution seems indicative of their relation to their faith and the space fostered. If your community ties are strong of course you would feel comfortable holding conversations with outside influences in you faith.

Children who have support are more confident and willing to rely on other adults for guidance. It shows that devotion is a very fundamental key where religion is concerned. Faith based practices allows the teens and adults to have open dialogue about life that can assists both groups. In this table not only can the parents be role models and engaging non-parents also are very involved with the development of the teens.

Table 38 reveals that adolescents do have strong ties with adults outside if their family. The table even digs deeper as its records how often teens spend with these supportive adult without adult supervision. It revealed that teens spend time weekly with said adult.

Table 38 depicts that ties to adults, or religious peers outside of their family are important for an adolescent's development because they prove guidance in ways that the parents cannot.

Table 38 shows that adolescents feel that they can turn to adults other than their parents in their time of need. There is a disconnect between millennials and parents because they feel that they cannot relate to their own families. This is due to adolescents spending more time outside the home such as church groups, school, and other places with teachers and mentors. Statistics show that the more religious a teen may be, the more that they feel in tune with speaking with adults that are not their parents rather than someone who is more religious.