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Inter-Generational Religious Transmission

Importance of maintaining religion across generations


Below are 13 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 2 types:

Marry Different ReligionSame Religion

Marry Different ReligionWould respondent would be concerned by child marrying someone of a different religion?

  • MARRY2 from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Fall 1996LEARN MORE
    • [ASKED ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO ARE NOT PARENTS] If you had children, how much, if at all, would it bother you if one of your children were to marry someone from a different religious faith than your own? Would it bother you a lot, a little, or not at all? (MARRY2) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • MARRY2 from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Fall 1996LEARN MORE
    • ASKED ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO ARE NOT PARENTS: If you had children, how much, if at all, would it bother you if one of your children were to marry someone from a different religious faith than your own? Would it bother you a lot, a little, or not at all? (MARRY2) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • WEDINREL from Faith Matters Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • 9-8. How important is it to you that your children marry someone of your own faith? (WEDINREL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMPMARR from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q64b. How important are the following things to you? That your children marry someone with the same religion as you (IMPMARR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE

Same ReligionDoes respondent want child to have the same religion?

  • KIDSDIFF from Springfield, Massachusetts Catholic Education Survey, No. 1902LEARN MORE
    • Suppose your children: were to adopt a different religion. Would this bother you a lot, bother you some but not a lot, bother you only a little, or not bother you at all? (KIDSDIFF) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • KIDSLESS from Springfield, Massachusetts Catholic Education Survey, No. 1902LEARN MORE
    • Suppose your children: were to become less religious than you. Would this bother you a lot, bother you some but not a lot, bother you only a little, or not bother you at all? (KIDSLESS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • KIDSNOGD from Springfield, Massachusetts Catholic Education Survey, No. 1902LEARN MORE
    • Suppose your children: were to become atheists and not believe in God. Would this bother you a lot, bother you some but not a lot, bother you only a little, or not bother you at all? (KIDSNOGD) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CHILBEL from Taiwan Social Change Survey, 1994LEARN MORE
    • Do you oppose it if your childrens religious beliefs differ from yours? (CHILBEL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • KIDLEAVE from A Study of the North American Hispanic Adventist Church - Adult Survey, 1994LEARN MORE
    • Do you ever worry -- That your children might leave the church? (KIDLEAVE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TRANSMT1 from Faith and Family in America, 2005LEARN MORE
    • (IF HAVE KIDS) Do you think your kids will be more religious than you, less religious than you or as religious as you when they grow up, or are you not sure? (TRANSMT1) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TRANSMT2 from Faith and Family in America, 2005LEARN MORE
    • (IF HAVE KIDS) How likely is it that your children will be of the same denomination or faith tradition as you when they grow up? Would you say it is very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, not at all likely, or are you not sure? (TRANSMT2) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELKDDIF from Faith Matters Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • 9-4. Do any of your children have a different religious affiliation from yours? (RELKIDDIF) (RELKDDIF) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMPSAME from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q64a. How important are the following things to you? That your children have the same religion as you (IMPSAME) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
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