Social Attachment to the Seventh - day Adventist Church among Young Adults

As part of a ten-year longitudinal study on youth retention in the church, 755 young adults with Seventh-day Adventist backgrounds were surveyed to explore factors that relate to social attachment to the religious community. The sample was distributed throughout the United States and Canada. A reliable Social Attachment Scale was constructed from six items measuring commitment to Jesus, religious faith, the local congregation, and the denomination as well as frequency of attendance at worship services. Attachment was found to be predicted by perceptions of the religious education program in the church, personal involvement in congregational activity, lack of conflict in church areas, remembrances of childhood experiences with church leaders. The first two areas proved to be the most important as demonstrated by multiple regression analysis.

Licence Type:
Free
Publication Date:
1996
Authors:
Roger Dudley; Phillip Muthersbaugh
Publisher:
Review and Herald Publishing Association
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Order Information:
With H. Phillip Muthersbaugh. Review of Religious Research 38 (September 1996): 38-50.
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Language:
English
Resource Type:
Serial Publications
Resource Objective:
Research
Level:
Tertiary
Audience:
Researcher
Religious Origin:
Seventh-day Adventist