610SPOR2 35h_CBSSportsRad_Houston

News

Study: Parents’ Divorce Increases Likelihood Children Will Leave Church

View Comments
File photo of a chapel. (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a chapel. (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Featured Items

77820352_810 Reasons The LLWS Needs To Go Away

Small-WttJJ Watt Talks Contract & Quips "Commercials Only Pay So Much"

77820352_8Meet The 6-10s

136535896 Study: Parents Divorce Increases Likelihood Children Will Leave ChurchWATCH: Texans Cheerleaders Take Ice Bucket Challenge

From Our CBS Music Sites

77820352_8Watch: Texans Cheerleaders Spoof Arian Foster

77820352_8Watch: JJ Watt’s NEW Fantasy Football Commercial

77820352_8PHOTOS: Maxim's List Of The 50 Hottest Celebs

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

WACO, Texas (CBS Houston) – Hail Mary, full of grace, the church is not with thee following divorce.

A new study has found that children with two religious parents are more likely to leave the church if their parents get a divorce. Researchers from Baylor University discovered that these children are twice as likely to become estranged from their church compared to children with parents who stay together.

“When both parents are religious, the effect of divorce has a negative effect on religiosity,” Jeremy Uecker, a professor at Baylor University and lead author of the study, told U.S. News and World Report. “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 that children’s religious beliefs were affected post-divorce in all religions. Researchers will hope to explore the root of the issue as to why divorced children might not be as religious following a divorce.

“I think it’s this idea of the loss of socialization and teaching of the religion when parents separate,” Uecker said. “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.”

 

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 24,639 other followers