How Divorce Affects Faith

Elissa Strauss, The Jewish Daily Forward, 1/28/2013

A new paper entitled "Does the Shape of Families Shape Faith?" from the Center for Marriage and Families looks at the spiritual life of children of divorce as adults. It found that those whose parents split are less likely to feel religious or act religiously as adults than those whose parents stayed married... [I]f you are interested in how divorce affects faith, there are some compelling findings. For one, a national study found that among young adults who were members of a church or synagogue during the time of their parents' divorce, "two-thirds say that no one – neither from the clergy nor the congregation – reached out to them, while only one-quarter remembers either a clergy member or congregant doing so." This one is fascinating because it brings to light not just how religious institutions react to divorce, but how they are still unable or unwilling to accommodate all of those who aren't part of an intact nuclear family.

Subjects: Marriage, Family, Civil Society, Religion, Divorce, Children of divorce

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