Does Religious Participation Help Keep Adolescents in School?


The purpose of this study is to compare the role of “religious” and “secular” participation during the adolescent years in promoting educational “success,” defined here as on-time graduation from high school and total years of educational attainment, especially for poor and minority children. “Religious participation” includes participation in non-worship activities through a religious institution, such as youth group, volunteering, or classes.   “Secular participation” includes engagement in extracurricular activities and association with non-school organizations that are not religious in nature.

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