Age and Religious participation

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  • Age and Religious Participation
    • The older a person is the more likely they are to attend religious services
      • Under 15s - More likely to attend than other age groups because they may be made to do so by their parents
      • Over 65s - more likely to be sick or disables and thus unable to attend. Higher death rates also make this a small group, which reduced the total number available to attend
    • Reasons for age differences
      • VAOS AND CROCKETT (2005)
        • Say there are two main sorts of explanation for age differences in religious participation.
          • The aging effect -
            • View that people tur to religion as they get older. As we approach death we naturally become more concerned with spiritual matters and the afterlife
          • The generational effect -
            • The view that society becomes more secular, each new generation is less religious than the last. Thus, there are more old people than young people in church congregations today.
      • GILL (1998)
        • Notes children are no longer receiving religious socialisation, and those brought up without religious beliefs are less likely to become church goers.


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