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The Religious Beliefs and Behaviors of Baby Boomers, Generation X, and the Millennials: are there still gender differences?

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2016
Abstract/Description:
The literature describes how changing demographics and cultural factors in recent generations may be contributing to gender differences regarding religion. The present exploratory study uses cross-sectional survey data from the 2012 and 2014 General Social Survey to examine the gender differences in religiosity for Millennials, Generation X, and Baby Boomers. The findings show significant gender and demographic results for attendance at religious services, frequency of prayer, belief in the Bible as the word of God, and belief in life after death for all three generations. Baby Boomer and Millennial women attend religious services more than men, but there is no gender difference for Generation X. However, Women from all generations pray more than men. For belief in the Bible as the word of God, only Baby Boomer women believe more than men. Finally, Millennial women and Generation X women believe in life after death more than men, whereas there is no gender difference in belief for Baby Boomers. Implications of the findings are discussed.
Title: The Religious Beliefs and Behaviors of Baby Boomers, Generation X, and the Millennials: are there still gender differences?.
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Name(s): Chase, Jessica, Author
Gay, David, Committee Chair
Donley, Amy, Committee Member
Corzine, Harold, Committee Member
Matejowsky, Ty, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The literature describes how changing demographics and cultural factors in recent generations may be contributing to gender differences regarding religion. The present exploratory study uses cross-sectional survey data from the 2012 and 2014 General Social Survey to examine the gender differences in religiosity for Millennials, Generation X, and Baby Boomers. The findings show significant gender and demographic results for attendance at religious services, frequency of prayer, belief in the Bible as the word of God, and belief in life after death for all three generations. Baby Boomer and Millennial women attend religious services more than men, but there is no gender difference for Generation X. However, Women from all generations pray more than men. For belief in the Bible as the word of God, only Baby Boomer women believe more than men. Finally, Millennial women and Generation X women believe in life after death more than men, whereas there is no gender difference in belief for Baby Boomers. Implications of the findings are discussed.
Identifier: CFE0006282 (IID), ucf:51592 (fedora)
Note(s): 2016-08-01
Ph.D.
Sciences, Sociology
Doctoral
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Subject(s): millennial generation x baby boomer religion gender
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0006282
Restrictions on Access: public 2016-08-15
Host Institution: UCF

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