Study of young adult Protestants

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Start Date: 
Mon, 02/01/1988
End Date: 
Sat, 12/31/1988

Dean Hoge, Benton Johnson and Donald Luidens tackled the critical issue of the increased drop-out rate of young adults from congregations in this pilot study. The social-scientist researchers noticed the lack of commitment by young adults (especially those with higher levels of education) to mainstream denominations and so designed a measure to probe the value structure of young adult Protestants. They targeted 400 “baby boomers” who had attended youth groups, surveyed their family life, occupational values, and generational histories looking for any causal relationships. They conducted phone conversations, longer taped interviews with select phone participants using a guide developed for this project. As a result, the researchers secured a second grant for a full-blown project on “baby boomers” and mainstream Protestantism.(MG)