Religious Participation and Family Values Among American Jewish Youth
Publication Date: January 1992
Publisher(s): Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry
Author(s): Adam Gamoran
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: American Jews; Family; Identity formation
Coverage: United States
In Contemporary Jewry 13, 44-59. This paper explores the possibility of a link between religious involvement and family orientation among American Jewish teenagers. Using data from a national sample of high school students, the analyses show that students who are synagogue and youth group leaders tend to be more family-centered than non-participants. But this association cannot be attributed to the effects of participation per se, for it is found to exist before the reported involvement took place. The paper suggest that the relation between religiosity and family views results from acceptance of Jewish tradition in general, which places strong emphasis on the family.