Chapter 8: The Demographics of Spirituality among Youth: International Perspectives
Laura H. Lippman & Julie Dombrowski Keith
The demographics of spirituality among youth: International perspectives Ahigh proportion of American young adults report that religion and spirituality are important in their lives. According to a recent Gallup poll (2004), 48% of young adults ages 18 to 29 report that religion is “very important” in their own lives. Among youth at the lower end of that age range, integrating spirituality into life was considered to be an “essential” or “very important” objective for 43% of first-year college students in 1999 (Sax, Astin, Korn, & Mahoney, 1999). Levels of religious engagement have been found to be high in the United States in comparison to those of Western Europe (Eck, 2001). However, these levels of self-reported religiosity and spirituality are not uniform across demographic groups in the United States, nor are they universal among countries of the world. This chapter documents the prevalence of adolescent and young adult religiosity and spirituality ...