God Talk and Religious Gateways to adolescent volunteer experiences Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Semien, Demetrius Solon
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology
  • What effect does the presence of religious terms in adolescent discourse and the availability of religious organizations that serve as entry points to community service opportunities have on the rate of adolescent volunteerism? 252 interviews from the National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR) data set were coded to analyze how religious orientations and religious affiliations influenced how adolescents talked about their volunteer and community experiences. Specifically, responses were coded and analyzed whenever teens used religious references or concepts (“God Talk”) or referred to religious organizations as being their entry points into volunteering (“Gateways”). 225 of the sample of 252 adolescents (89%) expressed “God Belief” or said they believed in God, a Higher Power, or some sort of Force. With the religious variable “God Talk” introduced the number of teenagers who volunteer increases. When God Talk and Religious Gateway are exhibited together more teens volunteer. The presence of these religious variables correlates with higher levels of volunteerism Out of a total number of 254 Gateways (entry points to volunteerism), 151 (59%) Gateways were associated with God Talk and 103 (41%) were not associated with God Talk. Thus, volunteer rates were highest when God Talk and Religious Gateways were present.
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