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Passing on the FaithTransforming Traditions for the Next Generation of Jews, Christians, and
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James L. Heft

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226474

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226474.001.0001

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The “Interior” Lives of American College Students: Preliminary Findings from a National Study

The “Interior” Lives of American College Students: Preliminary Findings from a National Study

(p.75) The “Interior” Lives of American College Students: Preliminary Findings from a National Study
Passing on the Faith

Jennifer A. Lindholm

Fordham University Press

Using qualitative and quantitative data collected as part of an ongoing national study on college-student spirituality, this chapter provides an overview of preliminary findings on the perspectives and practices of undergraduate college students within the United States today. Among the findings are that about 29% of respondents had attended religious services frequently during the past year, 78% said they discuss religion and spirituality with their friends, and 77% indicated that they pray. Undergraduates' sense of personal well-being was found to decline significantly during the college years. However, those who are highly involved in religion are less likely to experience psychological distress (e.g., feeling overwhelmed by all they have to do or that their lives are filled with stress and anxiety) and less likely to report poor emotional health.

Keywords:   college students, spirituality, religious belief, religiousness

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