"Faith-based youth groups stand out in fostering teens' growth experiences" 

From EurekAlert:
"Of all the organized activities teens participate in, faith-based youth groups provide the highest rates of personal and interpersonal growth experiences, according to a new University of Illinois study published in the September issue of Developmental Psychology. 
"Religious youth groups also stand out from the classroom, part-time jobs, and hanging out with friends as contexts in which such growth occurs, the study of over 2,000 eleventh graders reported." 

I understand the conventional caution of the social sciences, but still, this seems rather understated:
"Although scholars tend to ignore the spiritual dimension of teenagers' lives, research suggests that religion is an important part of teens' experiences."

(See here for entrance to a trail of other, similar reports on this blog.) 

Posted: Thu - November 2, 2006 at 09:13 PM           |

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