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Friday, February 8, 2019

religion + child development

In a new study, researchers found that religion can be a mixed blessing for children as they get older. After studying children's psychological adjustment, interpersonal skills, problem behaviors, and performance on standardized tests, they found third-graders' psychological adjustment and social competence were were positively correlated with various religious factors. However, students' performance on reading, math, and science tests were negatively associated with several forms of parental religiosity. "Religion emphasizes moral codes designed to instill values such as self-control and social competence. 'Religious groups' prioritization of these soft skills may come at the expense of academic performance, which is generally diminished for children raised in religious homes when compared with their non-religious peers," John Bartkowski, professor of sociology at The University of Texas at San Antonio. science daily

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